- 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
Synonyms for horrid
Examples from the Web for horridly
Historical Examples of horridly
After all the pains I have taken, to think you should spell so horridly as this.Nine Little Goslings
You talk most horridly when you get started on certain subjects.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty
J. W. de Forest
It is horridly bad for them, too, to live just like young bears.'The Pillars of the House, Vol. I (of 2)
Charlotte M. Yonge
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
- disagreeable; unpleasanta horrid meal
- repulsive or frightening
- informal unkind
Word Origin 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]