- An example of a monster is a person who orders others killed just for his own amusement.
- An example of a monster is a child who cannot behave in public and who throws temper tantrums all the time.
- An example of a monster is a huge book that is 5000 pages long; a monster of a book.
- An example of a monster is a an imaginary frightening creature that your child fears is hiding under his bed at night.
The definition of a monster is a badly behaved or cruel person, something that is absurdly large, or a fictional and frightening creature.
- any plant or animal of abnormal shape or structure, as one greatly malformed or lacking some parts; monstrosity
- any imaginary or fictional creature regarded as unnatural, repulsive, terrifying, etc.
- something monstrous
- a person so cruel, wicked, depraved, etc. as to horrify others
- any huge animal
- Informal any huge thing
- Archaic a malformed fetus, esp. one with an excess or deficiency of limbs or parts
Origin of monsterMiddle English monstre from Old French from Classical Latin monstrum, divine portent of misfortune, monster from monere, to admonish, warn: see monitor
Informal huge; enormous
- a. An imaginary or legendary creature, such as a centaur or Harpy, that combines parts from various animal or human forms.b. A creature having a strange or frightening appearance.
- Archaic An organism that has structural defects or deformities.
- Informal A very large animal, plant, or object.
- One who inspires horror or disgust: a monster of selfishness.
Informal Extremely large; monstrous: a monster hit at the box office; ate a monster steak.
Origin of monsterMiddle English monstre from Old French from Latin mōnstrum portent, monster from monēre to warn ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.
- A bizarre or whimsical creature.
- The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.
- An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal.
- Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!
- A horribly deformed person.
- (figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat.
- Sit still, you little monster!
- (informal) Something unusually large.
- Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters.
- (informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.
- That dude playing guitar is a monster.
- Very large; worthy of a monster.
- He has a monster appetite.
(third-person singular simple present monsters, present participle monstering, simple past and past participle monstered)