from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing horror; dreadful.
- adj. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
- adj. Archaic Bristling; rough.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. bristling, rough, rugged
- adj. causing horror or dread
- adj. offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rough; rugged; bristling.
- adj. Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; hideous; shocking; hence, very offensive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough; rugged; bristling.
- Fitted to excite horror; dreadful; shocking: as, a horrid spectacle.
- Very bad or offensive; abominable; execrable.
- [Horrid and horrible, originally distinct in meaning in their Latin forms, but sometimes used interchangeably by later writers, are now almost entirely synonymous in English; but horrid commonly has a milder or less positive force than horrible.]
- Synonyms Horrible, frightful, awful, appalling, harrowing, dire, revolting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
- adj. exceedingly bad
Alteration (influenced by Latin horridus, bristling) of Middle English horred, past participle of horren, to bristle, from Latin horrēre, to tremble, bristle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin horridus ("rough, bristly, savage, shaggy, rude"), from horrere ("to bristle"). See horrent, horror, ordure (Wiktionary)