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

     

    horrible

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈhɒrəbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːrəbl//
     
    , NAmE//ˈhɑːrəbl//
     
    Describing unpleasant traits, Fear
     
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  1. 1(informal) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like horrible weather/children/shoes The coffee tasted horrible. I've got a horrible feeling she lied to us. It was horrible sitting there all on my own. Synonymsterribleawful horrible dreadful vile 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 (rather 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 colour. The weather last summer was awful.horrible (rather informal) very unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like:The coffee tasted horrible.dreadful (rather informal, especially British English) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like or that you disapprove of:What dreadful weather!vile (informal) extremely bad or unpleasant:There was a vile smell coming from the room. He was in a vile mood.horrendous (rather 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/​vile thing a(n) terrible/​awful/​horrible/​vile smell terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful/​vile/​horrendous conditions terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful/​vile weather terrible/​awful/​dreadful news
  2. 2making you feel very shocked and frightened synonym terrible a horrible crime/nightmare See related entries: Fear
  3. 3(informal) (of people or their behaviour) 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! See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  4. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin horribilis, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’.Extra examples My sister has always been horrible to me. That was a really horrible thing to say! a pretty horrible experience a truly horrible sight I’ve got a horrible feeling she lied to us. She woke from a horrible nightmare. What a horrible child.
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