nightmarish

[ nahyt-mair-ish ]
/ ˈnaɪtˌmɛər ɪʃ /

adjective

resembling a nightmare, especially in being terrifying, exasperating, or the like: his nightmarish experience in a concentration camp.

Nearby words

  1. nightjar,
  2. nightlife,
  3. nightlong,
  4. nightly,
  5. nightmare,
  6. nightrider,
  7. nights,
  8. nightscape,
  9. nightshade,
  10. nightshade family

Origin of nightmarish

First recorded in 1825–35; nightmare + -ish1

Related formsnight·mar·ish·ly, adverbnight·mar·ish·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for nightmarish

nightmarish

adj.

1834, from nightmare + -ish. Related: Nightmarishly; nightmarishness.

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