- Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks.
- A piteous and hideous spectacle." Macaulay.
- Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise. Hideous cries." Shak.
Etymology: hidous, hidous, hidos, hidus, hisdos, hisdous, hideux: confer hide, hisde, fright; of uncertain origin; confer (OHG.) egidÄ horror, or hispidosus, for hispidus rough, bristly, hispid.
- 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
- : He started up, growling at first, but finding his leg broken, fell down again; and then got upon three legs, and gave the most roar that ever I heard.
- Hateful; shocking. Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver." Shak. Syn. -- Frightful; ghastly; grim; grisly; horrid; dreadful; terrible.
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