- The definition of horrid is something that is unpleasant, disagreeable or terrible.
An example of something that would be described as horrid is the taste of spoiled milk.
- Archaic bristling; shaggy; rough
- causing a feeling of horror; terrible; revolting
- very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc.
Origin of horridClassical Latin horridus ; from horrere, to bristle, shake, be afraid ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhers-, to bristle from source gorse
- Causing horror; dreadful.
- Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
- Archaic Bristling; rough.
Origin of horridAlteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle.
(comparative horrider or more horrid, superlative horridest or most horrid)
- (archaic) bristling, rough, rugged
- His haughtie Helmet. horrid all with gold,//Both glorious brightnesse and great terror bredd. - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, I-vii-31
- Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. - John Dryden
- Ye grots and caverns shagg's with horrid thorn! - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard, I-20
- causing horror or dread
- Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood,//that we the horrider may seem to those//Which chance to find us. - Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV-ii
- I myself will be//The priest, and boldly do those horrid rites//You shake to think on. - John Fletcher, Sea Voyage, V-iv
- Not in the legions Of horrid hell. - Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV-iii
- What say you then to fair Sir Percivale,//And of the horrid foulness that he wrought? - Alfred Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien
- offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable
- 1668 My Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid shame. - Samuel Pepys, Diary, October 23
- About the middle of November we began to work on our Ship's bottom, which we found very much eaten with the Worm: For this is a horrid place for Worms. - William Dampier, Voyages, I-362
- Already I your tears survey,//Already hear the horrid things they say. - Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, IV-108
- "Horrid" and "horrible" originally had different meanings, but have become almost synonymous over the years.