Origin of hideousMiddle English hidous from Anglo-French from Old French hidos from hide, hisde, fright
An extremely ugly outfit is an example of an outfit that would be described as hideous.
- Repulsive, especially to the sight; revolting. See Synonyms at ugly.
- Morally offensive; detestable: hideous acts of torture.
- Causing great harm or fear; terrible: a hideous disease.
Origin of hideousMiddle English variant of hidous from Anglo-Norman and Old French hideus, hisdeus probably from Old French hisde, hide horror, fright ( probably from alteration, with expressive initial h, of Frankish egisida fright ) ( from Germanic agisōn ) ( from agiz fear ) or perhaps from Vulgar Latin hispidōsus horripilating ( from Latin hispidus rough, shaggy, bristly ) ( probably akin to hirsūtus hairy, hirsute )
(comparative more hideous, superlative most hideous)
- Frightful; shocking; extremely ugly.
- A piteous and hideous spectacle." Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- Distressing or offensive to the ear; horrible.
- Hateful; shocking.
- Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver. - William Shakespeare
- Nouns to which "hideous" is often applied: monster, creature, man, face, thing, crime, form, death, aspect, spectacle, picture, roar, sound, manner, way, disease, mistake, shape, dress, fact, act, smile.
From Middle English hidous, from Anglo-Norman hidous, from Old French hideus, hydus (“that which inspires terror”), from earlier hisdos, from hisda (“horror, fear”), of uncertain and disputed origin. Probably from Frankish *egisda, *egisida (“terror, fright”), from Proto-Germanic *agisiþō (“horror, terror”), from Proto-Germanic *agisōną (“to frighten, terrorise”), from Proto-Germanic *agaz (“terror, fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *aǵʰ-, *agʰ- (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German egisa, egidī (“horror”), Old English egesa (“fear, dread”), Gothic (agis, “fear, terror”).
Alternative etymology cites possbile derivation from Latin hispidosus (“rugged”), from hispidus (“rough, bristly”), yet the semantic evolution is less plausible.
- She looked up to find both hideous beasts staring at her, drooling.
- He died in 1787, at an opportune moment for himself; though he had temporarily raised Frances position in Europe, his work was soon ruined by the very means taken to secure its successes: warfare and armaments had hastened the hideous bankruptcy.
- Comparatively, tattooing is not the hideous custom which it is called.
- The Indian fox (Vulpes bengalensis) is comparatively rare, but the jackal (C. aureus) abounds everywhere, making night hideous by its never-to-be-forgotten yells.
- In March 1897 he recapitulated the hideous history in an open letter to the duke of Westminster.