Definition of hideous in English:

hideous

Syllabification: hid·e·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈhidēəs
 
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adjective

1Ugly or disgusting to look at: his smile made him look more hideous than ever
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

hideously

adverb
[as submodifier]: a hideously expensive camera
More example sentences
  • The vet gives him injections every month, which are hideously expensive and which don't seem to be working that well.
  • Bermuda is a hideously expensive place to live and many things cost a lot more here than they do elsewhere in the world.
  • I could claim to be a model (admittedly only to people that have never seen how hideously unattractive I am).

hideousness

noun
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  • 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.

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