Monster meaning

mŏnstər
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A person so cruel, wicked, depraved, etc. as to horrify others.
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(informal) A very large animal, plant, or object.
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One who inspires horror or disgust.

A monster of selfishness.

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(archaic) An organism that has structural defects or deformities.
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Any plant or animal of abnormal shape or structure, as one greatly malformed or lacking some parts; monstrosity.
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Any imaginary or fictional creature regarded as unnatural, repulsive, terrifying, etc.
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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.

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(chiefly Australia) To harass.
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(informal) Extremely large; monstrous.

A monster hit at the box office; ate a monster steak.

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A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.
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A bizarre or whimsical creature.

The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.

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An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal.

Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!

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A horribly deformed person.
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(figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat.

Sit still, you little monster!

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(informal) Something unusually large.

Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters.

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(informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.

That dude playing guitar is a monster.

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Very large; worthy of a monster.

He has a monster appetite.

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To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise.
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To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.
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(archaic) A malformed fetus, esp. one with an excess or deficiency of limbs or parts.
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(informal) Huge; enormous.
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Something monstrous.
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Origin of monster

  • Middle English monstre from Old French from Latin mōnstrum portent, monster from monēre to warn men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English and Middle French monstre, itself from Latin monstrum.

    From Wiktionary