hideous

[ hid-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈhɪd i əs /

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.

Nearby words

  1. hide-and-seek,
  2. hideaway,
  3. hideaway bed,
  4. hidebound,
  5. hideosity,
  6. hideously,
  7. hideousness,
  8. hideout,
  9. hidey-hole,
  10. hideyoshi

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hideous

hideous

/ (ˈhɪdɪəs) /

adjective

extremely ugly; repulsivea hideous person
terrifying and horrific
Derived Formshideously, adverbhideousness or hideosity (ˌhɪdɪˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for hideous

C13: from Old French hisdos, from hisde fear; of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for hideous

hideous

adj.

c.1300, "terrifying, horrible, dreadful," from Anglo-French hidous, Old French hideus, earlier hisdos "hideous, horrible, awful, frightening" (11c.; Modern French hideux), from hisda "horror, fear," perhaps of Germanic origin; or else from Vulgar Latin *hispidosus, from Latin hispidus "shaggy, bristly," "[b]ut this presents numerous difficulties" [OED]. Meaning "repulsive" is late 14c.

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