Definition of hideous in English:

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hideous

Pronunciation: /ˈhidēəs/

adjective

1Ugly or disgusting to look at: his smile made him look more hideous than ever
More example sentences
  • She described a hideous humpbacked creature with stumpy horns, and bristles down the back of a long neck.
  • As well as animal forms, demons can have other grotesque and hideous forms.
  • If you decide that your girlfriend was right and you are rather hideous then don't despair.
1.1Extremely unpleasant: the whole hideous story
More example sentences
  • I nearly stayed in, but the thought of the Scottish TV Hogmanay special was just too hideous to contemplate.
  • She stuck her arms up into the air and laughed a hideous, horrible laugh.
  • To this day, I still feel appalled that there are people who have such hideous and dark sides to them.

Derivatives

hideousness

Pronunciation: /ˈhidēəsnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • I've been to some grim places in my time, but nothing prepared me for the sheer hideousness of Bristol in the rain.
  • Toronto looks its best when seen from a ferry in the lake from where you can admire the CN Tower and surrounding buildings, avoiding the hideousness both to the right and left.
  • The hideousness of that thing will haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French hidos, hideus, from hide, hisde 'fear', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hideous

fastidious, insidious, invidious, perfidious

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hid·e·ous

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