Definition of hideous in English:



  • 1Extremely ugly.

    ‘hideous lizard-like creatures’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Holden Road was sold for 30 grand to a property developer who tore it down and a hideous development stands on the site.’
    • ‘The façade is a hideous green, possibly painted two decades ago and impossibly free of graffiti.’
    • ‘It is a still a point of hot debate with skiers as to whether Les Arcs is a work of architectural genius, or simply a hideous alpine eyesore.’
    • ‘The characters are either utterly hideous or desperately beautiful.’
    • ‘His best comments were not reserved for the performers, but for that hideous shrieking female host.’
    • ‘Are you wearing those hideous glasses to hide your dilated pupils or something?’
    • ‘Sure I ain't gonna win any beauty contests, but I am not the hideous, scary freak I had been hiding from.’
    • ‘Thankfully all photographic evidence of our tour of the Loire Valley has been destroyed, so no one will ever be able to confirm how truly hideous my outfit was.’
    • ‘The hideous scar on his back is a testimony to the violence that was inflicted upon him by the police when he was just a helpless baby.’
    • ‘What this month is all about is a bit of fun to raise some money for a worthy charity while looking hideous for an entire month.’
    • ‘She was wearing a hideous brown dress, complete with mules and a patent black belt.’
    • ‘She is not a hideous woman but you would think he was marrying a horse by the cruel way the media treat her.’
    • ‘They are hideous examples of concrete brutalism, dilapidated and badly-run and best demolished.’
    • ‘If you decide that your girlfriend was right and you are rather hideous then don't despair.’
    • ‘Whereas his earlier paintings portrayed women as hideous, gargoyle-like creatures, there was a distinct progression and a definite softening in his outlook.’
    • ‘I wear a hideous uniform during my working days, so outside that time, I'm relaxed.’
    • ‘The replacement number 9 buses are hideous - nasty boxy double deckers with zero character.’
    • ‘Another bugbear of childbearing is the pregnancy bra - a hideous garment.’
    ugly, unsightly, repulsive, repellent, revolting, gruesome, disgusting, grotesque, monstrous, grim, ghastly, macabre, misshapen, misproportioned, reptilian
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    1. 1.1Extremely unpleasant.
      ‘the whole hideous story’
      • ‘The hideous hangovers and post booze blues mean that the older I get the less I drink which is probably for the best for all concerned.’
      • ‘We will continue to utilise all our expertise and resources to ensure that the culprits responsible for this hideous crime are brought to book.’
      • ‘I nearly stayed in, but the thought of the Scottish TV Hogmanay special was just too hideous to contemplate.’
      • ‘During a secret speech in February 1956 (which was almost immediately leaked to the Western media) he condemned the policies of the hitherto much admired Stalin and accused him of hideous crimes.’
      • ‘To make things worse we had the hideous spectacle of a peace campaigner being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.’
      • ‘A human life has ended through one of the most hideous execution methods ever devised.’
      • ‘As in so many American plays, the past haunts the present and contains a hideous secret that is known but never acknowledged.’
      • ‘Being caught in the middle of someone else's family argument is hideous and embarrassing.’
      • ‘His passengers had to suffer a hideous rollercoaster ride as the car hit the kerb or mounted the pavement at breathtaking speed.’
      • ‘She stuck her arms up into the air and laughed a hideous, horrible laugh.’
      • ‘Cielle was awoken by the most hideous sound she had ever heard in her life.’
      • ‘It was a dignified response in the face of hideous provocation.’
      • ‘To this day, I still feel appalled that there are people who have such hideous and dark sides to them.’
      • ‘I have a dear friend, who went through a hideous divorce after a very messy marriage.’
      • ‘I was sleeping in a tent, and woke up at 5 in the morning feeling hideous.’
      • ‘Doesn't it smack of the most hideous hypocrisy and moral weakness?’
      • ‘We have to rely on the federal senate to block this hideous sick piece of legislation, otherwise we are sunk.’
      • ‘It simply discloses a new and hideous fact about the world order.’
      • ‘The best thing about this withdrawal is that my first was so hideous that this seems like a walk in the park.’
      • ‘What happened today was a hideous crime. It was incredibly well organised and highly co-ordinated.’
      horrific, terrible, appalling, awful, dreadful, frightful, fearful, horrible, horrendous, horrifying, shocking, sickening, gruesome, ghastly, very bad, terribly bad, unspeakable, outrageous, abhorrent, monstrous, heinous, abominable, foul, vile, odious, loathsome, contemptible, execrable, indescribable
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Middle English: from Old French hidos, hideus, from hide, hisde fear, of unknown origin.