- 1A frightening or unpleasant dream: I had nightmares after watching the horror movieMore example sentences
- I can hardly believe I slept so well, no dreams, nightmares or visions to contemplate this morning.
- Cody was one of those that dreams nightmares and her nightmare was beginning to unfold right before her eyes.
- He suggests this, for example, in the many places where he speaks of waking up out of our dreams or nightmares.
- 2A very unpleasant or frightening experience or prospect: the nightmare of racial hatred developing thunderclouds are a balloonist’s worst nightmareMore example sentences
- Before I could do anything else, my worst nightmare happened, right before my eyes.
- But he has avoided his own worst nightmare, which is that of missing life entirely.
- In denying him his right to be buried in Jerusalem, the Israelis have created their worst nightmare.
- 2.1A person or situation that is very difficult to deal with: buying wine can be a nightmare if you don’t know enough about itMore example sentences
- We take a simple consumption tax and turn it into a complicated nightmare.
- Though I did primary school teaching I forgot what a nightmare these tests are for parents.
- That situation could have been a nightmare, but his mum views us both as surrogate daughters and is very easy to get along with.
Middle English (denoting a female evil spirit thought to lie upon and suffocate sleepers): from night + Old English mære 'incubus'.