[hawr-id, hor-]


such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.
extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.
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
Related formshor·rid·ly, adverbhor·rid·ness, noun

Synonyms for horrid

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Contemporary Examples of horrid

Historical Examples of horrid

  • I say, Mart, what is the use in being so horrid cross all the time?

  • You should have told me all about this horrid thing in the first place.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The smell of burning flesh was in the air, and horrid shrieks.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • I hate to do it; for I shall have to show my ankles in these horrid trowsers.

  • I took the whip from our young driver and lashed the horrid animals as hard as I could.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for horrid



disagreeable; unpleasanta horrid meal
repulsive or frightening
informal unkind
Derived Formshorridly, adverbhorridness, noun

Word Origin for horrid

C16 (in the sense: bristling, shaggy): from Latin horridus prickly, rough, from horrēre to bristle
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Word Origin and History for horrid

early 15c., "hairy, shaggy, bristling," from Latin horridus "bristly, prickly, rough, horrid, frightful," from horrere "to bristle with fear, shudder" (see horror). Meaning "horrible, causing horror" is from c.1600. Sense weakened 17c. to "unpleasant, offensive."

[W]hile both [horrible and horrid] are much used in the trivial sense of disagreeable, horrible is still quite common in the graver sense inspiring horror, which horrid tends to lose .... [Fowler]

Related: Horridly.

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