Hideous Hid"e*ous (h[i^]d"[-e]*[u^]s; 277), a. [OE. hidous, OF. hidous, hidos, hidus, hisdos, hisdous, F. hideux: cf. OF. hide, hisde, fright; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. egid[=i] horror, or L. hispidosus, for hispidus rough, bristly, E. hispid.] 1. Frightful, shocking, or offensive to the eyes; dreadful to behold; as, a hideous monster; hideous looks. ``A piteous and hideous spectacle.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Distressing or offensive to the ear; exciting terror or dismay; as, a hideous noise. ``Hideous cries.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hateful; shocking. ``Sure, you have some hideous matter to deliver.'' --Shak.

Syn: Frightful; ghastly; grim; grisly; horrid; dreadful; terrible. -- {Hid"e*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Hid"e*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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