- 1 (informal) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like horrible weather/children/shoes The coffee tasted horrible. I have a horrible feeling she lied to us. It was horrible sitting there all on my own. Thesaurusterribleawful horrible dreadful foul horrendousThese words all describe something that is very unpleasant.terrible very bad or unpleasant; making you feel unhappy, frightened, upset, ill, guilty, or disapproving:What terrible news! That's a terrible thing to say!awful (somewhat informal) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like or that makes you feel depressed, ill, guilty, or disapproving:That's an awful color. The weather last summer was awful.horrible (somewhat informal) very unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like:The coffee tasted horrible.dreadful (somewhat informal) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like or that you disapprove of:My schedule is dreadful this week.foul extremely bad or unpleasant:A foul odor came from the kitchen. He was in a foul mood.horrendous (somewhat informal) extremely unpleasant and unacceptable:The traffic around the city was horrendous.Patterns terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful for somebody a(n) terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/foul thing a(n) terrible/awful/horrible/foul smell terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/vile/horrendous conditions terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/foul weather terrible/awful/dreadful news
- 2making you feel very shocked and frightened synonym terrible a horrible crime/nightmare
- 3(informal) (of people or their behavior) unfriendly, unpleasant, or unkind synonym nasty, obnoxious a horrible man My sister was being horrible to me all day. What a horrible thing to say!
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NAmE//ˈhɔrəbli//, NAmE//ˈhɑrəbli//adverb It was horribly painful. The experiment went horribly wrong. She was horribly aware that he was watching her every move.