What does hideous mean?

Definitions for hideous
ˈhɪd i əshideous

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hideous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageousadjective

    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

    "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry"

  2. hideous, repulsiveadjective

    so extremely ugly as to be terrifying

    "a hideous scar"; "a repulsive mask"


  1. hideousadjective

    Frightful; shocking; extremely ugly.

    A piteous and hideous spectacle." Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  2. hideousadjective

    Distressing or offensive to the ear; horrible.

  3. hideousadjective

    Hateful; shocking.

    Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver. - William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HIDEOUSadjective

    Horrible; dreadful; shocking.

    Etymology: hideux, French.

    If he could have turned himself to as many forms as Proteus, every form should have been made hideous. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Thou echo’st me,
    As if there were some monster in thy thoughts,
    Too hideous to be shewn. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I fled, and cry’d out death!
    Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sigh’d
    From all her caves, and back resounded death. John Milton.

    Her eyes grew stiffen’d, and with sulphur burn;
    Her hideous looks and hellish form return;
    Her curling snakes with hissings fill the place,
    And open all the furies of her face. John Dryden, Æn.

    ’Tis forced through the hiatus’s at the bottom of the sea with such vehemence, that it puts the sea into the most horrible disorder, making it rage and roar with a most hideous and amazing noise. John Woodward, Natural History.


  1. hideous

    Hideous is an adjective used to describe something or someone extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or revolting, especially in appearance. It can refer to something visually unattractive or repulsive, or it can be used metaphorically to refer to offensive behavior, sound, taste, or ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hideousadjective

    frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks

  2. Hideousadjective

    distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise

  3. Hideousadjective

    hateful; shocking


  1. Hideous

    Hideous is a berry- and citrus-flavored liqueur, produced by Hideous, L.C., a company based in the United States. The liqueur is 70 proof, is magenta in color, and mildly sweet. The company promotes it to be consumed as a "shooter" as well as in mixed drinks, several recipes for which it has developed. It has been compared in flavor to the cocktail called a cosmopolitan. The liqueur is made from potato and corn neutral spirit, with added natural flavors derived from berries grown in the state of Washington and citrus fruits. The neutral spirit is produced at Distilled Resources Inc. in Rigby, Idaho, and Hideous is one of only four U.S. liqueur manufacturers to produce its own neutral spirit. Hideous, L.C.'s owner and founder is Michael E. Klein, who is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He developed the brand while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. The company is incorporated in New Orleans, where its headquarters is located, but most of the company's business is conducted from its Austin, Texas office. The liqueur is currently available in the U.S. states of Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and Oregon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hideous

    hid′e-us, adj. frightful: horrible: ghastly.—ns. Hideos′ity, Hid′eousness.—adv. Hid′eously. [O. Fr. hideus, hisdoshide, hisde, dread, prob.—L. hispidus, rough, rude.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hideous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hideous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hideous in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    In the midst of such profound anguish, one memory fills us with hope, when evil showed its hideous face, Americans of all walks of life rose up -- and they did, they rose up -- they defied fear, they stared down death to protect the innocent. And stand tall they did just for righteous and for good.

  2. Zeid Raad al-Hussein:

    The notion of ghost ships drifting on autopilot toward the coasts of Europe in the hopes that coast guards will rescue the people on board and the hideous sight of men and women tearing their flesh on barbed-wire fences in a desperate, and sometimes lethal, attempt to clamber into Europe and find a better, more peaceful life: Such scenes are simply intolerable.

  3. Leslie Carroll:

    Apart from the hideous racial trolling that we’ve seen… I think that’s a minority… I think they’re going to be widely accepted.

  4. Ben Fogle:

    Standing on the summit of Xtreme Everest is the most beautiful and the most hideous experience of my life.

  5. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman:

    Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.

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  • scheußlich, abscheulichGerman
  • βδελυρόςGreek
  • discordante, ruidoso, estridente, atemorizante, chocante, odioso, horrible, horrendoSpanish
  • kauhea, hirvittävä, hirveä, inhottavaFinnish
  • hideuxFrench
  • ûnsjochWestern Frisian
  • förtelmes, szörnyű, undok, utálatosHungarian
  • orribile, odioso, orrendo, detestabileItalian
  • afzichtelijkDutch
  • fæl, stygg, uhyrligNorwegian
  • obrzydliwy, ohydnyPolish
  • ужа́сный, стра́шный, отврати́тельныйRussian

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