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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

Old English hidous, Old French hidous, hidos, hidus, hisdos, hisdous, French hideux: confer Old French hide, hisde, fright; of uncertain origin; confer Old High German egidī horror, or [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] hispidosus, for hispidus rough, bristly, English hispid.

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Adjective

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  1. Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks.
    A piteous and hideous spectacle." Macaulay.
  2. Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise. Hideous cries." Shak.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, 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 hideous roar that ever I heard.
  3. Hateful; shocking. Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver." Shak. Syn. -- Frightful; ghastly; grim; grisly; horrid; dreadful; terrible.

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