- The definition of a monster is a badly behaved or cruel person, something that is absurdly large, or a fictional and frightening creature.
- 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.
- any plant or animal of abnormal shape or structure, as one greatly malformed or lacking some parts; monstrosity
- any imaginary creature part human and part animal in form, as a centaur, or made up of the parts of two or more different animals, as a dragon
- something monstrous
- a person so cruel, wicked, depraved, etc. as to horrify others
- any huge animal or thing
- Pathology a malformed fetus, esp. one with an excess or deficiency of limbs or parts; teratism
Origin of monsterMiddle English monstre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin monstrum, divine portent of misfortune, monster ; from monere, to admonish, warn: see monitor
huge; enormous; monstrous
- 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)