[ hawr-id, hor- ]
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  1. such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.

  2. extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.

  1. Archaic. shaggy or bristling; rough.

Origin of horrid

1580–90; <Latin horridus bristling, rough, equivalent to horr- (stem of horrēre to stand on end, bristle) + -idus-id4

Other words for horrid

Other words from horrid

  • hor·rid·ly, adverb
  • hor·rid·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for horrid


/ (ˈhɒrɪd) /

  1. disagreeable; unpleasant: a horrid meal

  2. repulsive or frightening

  1. informal unkind

Origin of horrid

C16 (in the sense: bristling, shaggy): from Latin horridus prickly, rough, from horrēre to bristle

Derived forms of horrid

  • horridly, adverb
  • horridness, noun

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