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.

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
Related formshid·e·ous·ly, adverbhid·e·ous·ness, hid·e·os·i·ty [hid-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌhɪd iˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounun·hid·e·ous, adjectiveun·hid·e·ous·ly, adverbun·hid·e·ous·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for hideously

Contemporary Examples of hideously

Historical Examples of hideously

  • I must have been wrong, hideously wrong, but I didn't want you ever to know that.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • His limbs were hideously convulsed, his eyes wide and staring.

    The Man the Martians Made

    Frank Belknap Long

  • He chuckled softly and hideously to himself at the fatalistic idea.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • He is suffering so hideously, and so determinedly, like a fakir.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Not the least agreeable feature about the creature was that it was hideously lifelike.

British Dictionary definitions for hideously



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 hideously

mid-14c., from hideous + -ly (2).



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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