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[hawr-id, hor-]
  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.
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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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Historical Examples of horridly

  • After all the pains I have taken, to think you should spell so horridly as this.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge

  • You talk most horridly when you get started on certain subjects.

  • It is horridly bad for them, too, to live just like young bears.'

  • He knew how lately, and how horridly, it had fed; yet here it was as ravenous as ever.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • You yourself would have seen that it was horridly impossible.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for horridly


  1. disagreeable; unpleasanta horrid meal
  2. repulsive or frightening
  3. informal unkind
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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



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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