[hawr-uh-buhl, hor-]
See more synonyms for horrible on Thesaurus.com
  1. causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
  2. 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 formshor·ri·ble·ness, nounhor·ri·bly, adverb

Synonyms for horrible

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com

Antonyms for horrible

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for horribly

Contemporary Examples of horribly

Historical Examples of horribly

British Dictionary definitions for horribly


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


  1. causing horror; dreadful
  2. disagreeable; unpleasant
  3. informal cruel or unkind
Derived Formshorribleness, noun

Word Origin for horrible

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

Word Origin and History for horribly

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



c.1300, from Old French horrible, orrible (12c.) "horrible, repugnant, terrifying," from Latin horribilis "terrible, fearful, dreadful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Used as a mere intensifier from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper