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[beest] /bist/
any nonhuman animal, especially a large, four-footed mammal.
the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals:
Hunger brought out the beast in him.
a cruel, coarse, filthy, or otherwise beastlike person.
a live creature, as distinguished from a plant:
What manner of beast is this?
the beast, the Antichrist. Rev. 13:18.
Origin of beast
1175-1225; Middle English be(e)ste < Old French beste (French bête) < Latin bēstia
Related forms
beastlike, adjective
3. cad, swine, pig, brute, savage, ogre, monster, barbarian.
Synonym Study
1. See animal. Unabridged
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  • If thou fall, thou wilt merely swell the triumph of the 'beast.'

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He urged the beast to full speed, forcing the animal to the top of the wall and over.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • "Give your beast these," said the Emperor, handing the keeper several of the figs.

    The Wanderer's Necklace H. Rider Haggard
  • The stone struck the beast on the skull and knocked him over dead.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • But Baboo Dass swore he had seen a beast with his hands on the window.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for beast


any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped
savage nature or characteristics: the beast in man
a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person
(transitive) (military slang, slang, mainly Brit) to punish or torture (someone) in a manner that involves excessive physical exercise
Word Origin
C13: from Old French beste, from Latin bestia, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beast

c.1200, from Old French beste "animal, wild beast," figuratively "fool, idiot" (11c., Modern French bête), from Vulgar Latin *besta, from Latin bestia "beast, wild animal," of unknown origin. Used to translate Latin animal. Replaced Old English deor (see deer) as the generic word for "wild creature," only to be ousted 16c. by animal. Of persons felt to be animal-like in various senses from early 13c. Of the figure in the Christian apocalypse story from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beast



  1. A cheap prostitute (esp WWII Armed forces)
  2. (also beastie, beasty) An especially unattractive woman (1940s+ Teenagers)
  3. Any woman whatever, but esp a young, attractive one (1960s+ Jazz musicians)
  4. A crude or sexually aggressive male; animal
  5. Anything regarded as difficult and misbegotten: But that is part of the beast that was created (1860s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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