- 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
- 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, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *minacia, sing. of Latin minaciae, threats, menaces, from minax, minac-, threatening, from minar&imacron;, 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)