Definition of hideous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɪdiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪdiəs//
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very ugly or unpleasant synonym revolting a hideous face/building/dress Their new colour scheme is hideous! a hideous crime The whole experience had been like some hideous nightmare. When they refused to let me leave my hotel, I thought, at first, it was all some hideous mistake. See related entries: Attractiveness Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French hidos, hideus, from hide, hisde ‘fear’, of unknown origin.Extra examples a fairly hideous shade of pink He had committed a hideous crime. She was wearing a hideous yellow dress. The curtains were a hideous brown colour. a hideous concrete church
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