Definition of hideous in English:



  • 1Ugly or disgusting to look at.

    ‘his smile made him look more hideous than ever’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Whereas his earlier paintings portrayed women as hideous, gargoyle-like creatures, there was a distinct progression and a definite softening in his outlook.’
    • ‘If you decide that your girlfriend was right and you are rather hideous then don't despair.’
    • ‘Holden Road was sold for 30 grand to a property developer who tore it down and a hideous development stands on the site.’
    • ‘Sure I ain't gonna win any beauty contests, but I am not the hideous, scary freak I had been hiding from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His best comments were not reserved for the performers, but for that hideous shrieking female host.’
    • ‘I wear a hideous uniform during my working days, so outside that time, I'm relaxed.’
    • ‘The characters are either utterly hideous or desperately beautiful.’
    • ‘The replacement number 9 buses are hideous - nasty boxy double deckers with zero character.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was wearing a hideous brown dress, complete with mules and a patent black belt.’
    • ‘Are you wearing those hideous glasses to hide your dilated pupils or something?’
    • ‘As well as animal forms, demons can have other grotesque and hideous forms.’
    • ‘She is not a hideous woman but you would think he was marrying a horse by the cruel way the media treat her.’
    • ‘The façade is a hideous green, possibly painted two decades ago and impossibly free of graffiti.’
    • ‘She described a hideous humpbacked creature with stumpy horns, and bristles down the back of a long neck.’
    • ‘Another bugbear of childbearing is the pregnancy bra - a hideous garment.’
    • ‘They are hideous examples of concrete brutalism, dilapidated and badly-run and best demolished.’
    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’
      • ‘It was a dignified response in the face of hideous provocation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Doesn't it smack of the most hideous hypocrisy and moral weakness?’
      • ‘It simply discloses a new and hideous fact about the world order.’
      • ‘I was sleeping in a tent, and woke up at 5 in the morning feeling hideous.’
      • ‘Cielle was awoken by the most hideous sound she had ever heard in her life.’
      • ‘The best thing about this withdrawal is that my first was so hideous that this seems like a walk in the park.’
      • ‘We have to rely on the federal senate to block this hideous sick piece of legislation, otherwise we are sunk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I nearly stayed in, but the thought of the Scottish TV Hogmanay special was just too hideous to contemplate.’
      • ‘His passengers had to suffer a hideous rollercoaster ride as the car hit the kerb or mounted the pavement at breathtaking speed.’
      • ‘To make things worse we had the hideous spectacle of a peace campaigner being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As in so many American plays, the past haunts the present and contains a hideous secret that is known but never acknowledged.’
      • ‘I have a dear friend, who went through a hideous divorce after a very messy marriage.’
      • ‘We will continue to utilise all our expertise and resources to ensure that the culprits responsible for this hideous crime are brought to book.’
      • ‘What happened today was a hideous crime. It was incredibly well organised and highly co-ordinated.’
      • ‘Being caught in the middle of someone else's family argument is hideous and embarrassing.’
      • ‘A human life has ended through one of the most hideous execution methods ever devised.’
      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.