- An example of a menace is a person who is very accident prone and who is likely to break things.
- An example of a menace is an approaching hurricane.
- a threat or the act of threatening
- anything threatening harm or evil
- Informal a person who is a nuisance
Origin of menaceOld French from Classical Latin minacia from minax (gen. minacis), projecting, threatening from minari, to threaten from minae, threats, origin, originally projecting points of walls from Indo-European base an unverified form men-, to project from source Cornish meneth, mountain
intransitive verb-·aced, -·ac·ing
- a. A possible danger; a threat: a careless driver who was a menace to public safety.b. The quality of being threatening: a hint of menace in his voice.
- A troublesome or annoying person: considered her little brother to be a menace.
transitive verbmen·aced, men·ac·ing, men·ac·es
Origin of menaceMiddle English manace from Old French from Late Latin minācia sing. of Latin mināciae threats, menaces from mināx mināc- threatening from minārī to threaten from minae threats ; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present menaces, present participle menacing, simple past and past participle menaced) (transitive or intransitive)