[ hawr-uh-buhl, hor- ]
/ ˈhɔr ə bəl, ˈhɒr- /


causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
extremely unpleasant; deplorable; disgusting: horrible living conditions.

Origin of horrible

1275–1325; Middle English (h)orrible < Old French < Latin horribilis, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle with fear) + -ibilis -ible

Related forms

hor·ri·ble·ness, nounhor·ri·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for horribly

British Dictionary definitions for horribly (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒrɪblɪ) /


in a horrible manner
(intensifier)I'm horribly bored

British Dictionary definitions for horribly (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒrəbəl) /


causing horror; dreadful
disagreeable; unpleasant
informal cruel or unkind

Derived Forms

horribleness, noun

Word Origin for horrible

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