Dictionary.com

hideous

[ hid-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈhɪd i əs /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: hideous / hideously / hideousness on Thesaurus.com

adjective
horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly: a hideous monster.
shocking or revolting to the moral sense: a hideous crime.
distressing; appalling: the hideous expense of moving one's home to another city.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Origin of hideous

1275–1325; Middle English hidous<Old French hisdos, equivalent to hisde horror, fright (perhaps <Old High German *egisida, akin to egisôn, agison to frighten) + -os-ous; suffix later assimilated to -eous

OTHER WORDS FROM hideous

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use hideous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hideous

hideous
/ (ˈhɪdɪəs) /

adjective
extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
terrifying and horrific

Derived forms of hideous

hideously, adverbhideousness or hideosity (ˌhɪdɪˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for hideous

C13: from Old French hisdos, from hisde fear; of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK