- 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
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Examples from the Web for beastlike
The two beastlike wretches groan and strain at their fetters.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Lifting his sword, he sprang at me with a beastlike scream of rage and hate.Montezuma's Daughter
H. Rider Haggard
In his heavy-lidded eyes, under-hung by watery pouches of sin and dissipation, there was a vengeful and beastlike glare.The Hunted Woman
James Oliver Curwood
Its frightful beak opened and closed, its beastlike talons sought to clutch support, its owl-like eyes became glazed and fixed.The Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land
There came from him an indescribable reek of tobacco, whisky, filthy clothes, and the beastlike odor of an unclean body.A Woman Named Smith
Marie Conway Oemler
- any animal other than man, esp a large wild quadruped
- savage nature or characteristicsthe beast in man
- a brutal, uncivilized, or filthy person
- (tr) military slang, slang, mainly British to punish or torture (someone) in a manner that involves excessive physical exercise
Word Origin and History for beastlike
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.