[ hawr-uh-buhl, hor- ]
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  1. causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.

  2. extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.

Origin of horrible

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English (h)orrible, from Old French, from Latin horribilis, equivalent to horr(ēre) “to stand on end, bristle with fear” + -ibilis -ible

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Other words from horrible

  • hor·ri·ble·ness, noun
  • hor·ri·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for horrible


/ (ˈhɒrəbəl) /

  1. causing horror; dreadful

  2. disagreeable; unpleasant

  1. informal cruel or unkind

Origin of horrible

C14: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrēre to tremble

Derived forms of horrible

  • horribleness, noun

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