Learn English  

Blue Level


Red Level


Yellow Level


Green Level


Purple Level


Orange Level


Violet Level


Video Lessons




American Speech




How to Learn




U.S. Citizenship










If something is horrible, it's really, really bad. Other similar words are awful and terrible.

  • The cake we ate at the party was horrible.
  • It tasted horrible.
  • The workers did a horrible job of fixing the road.
  • Bob's hair looks horrible. Who cut it?
  • The police made a horrible mistake and arrested the wrong person.
  • Vanessa has a horrible boss.
  • That sounds horrible.
  • Ebola is a horrible-sounding disease. (The symptoms of the disease and the word itself sound terrible.)

horrible boss

Vanessa has a horrible boss.

When responding to news of a tragedy involving death or some other bad situation, the word "horrible" is often used:

  • I just heard some horrible news.
  • I feel horrible about what happened.
  • I'm so sorry to hear about what happened. This is just horrible.

The word "horribly" is an adverb:

  • Something has gone horribly wrong.
  • You are horribly mistaken if you think he's a good choice. (horribly mistaken = wrong)

Click here for more vocabulary words.

Published on October 8, 2018







© 2018 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.