[ vil-uh-nuh s ]
/ ˈvɪl ə nəs /


having a cruel, wicked, malicious nature or character.
of, relating to, or befitting a villain: villainous treachery.
outrageously base, wicked, or vile: a villainous attack on his character.
very objectionable or unpleasant; bad; wretched: a villainous storm.

Nearby words

  1. villain,
  2. villain of the piece, the,
  3. villainage,
  4. villainess,
  5. villainize,
  6. villainously,
  7. villainy,
  8. villanella,
  9. villanelle,
  10. villanova

Origin of villainous

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at villain, -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for villainously


/ (ˈvɪlənəs) /


of, like, or appropriate to a villain
very bad or disagreeablea villainous climate
Derived Formsvillainously, adverbvillainousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for villainously



c.1300, from Old French vileneus, from villain; see villain.

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