horrid

[hawr-id, hor-]
adjective
  1. such as to cause horror; shockingly dreadful; abominable.
  2. extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: horrid weather; She thought her uncle was horrid.
  3. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for horridly

horrid

adjective
  1. disagreeable; unpleasanta horrid meal
  2. repulsive or frightening
  3. 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 horridly

horrid

adj.

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]

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