a nonhuman creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people.
any creature grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character.
a person who provokes or elicits horror by wickedness, cruelty, etc.
any animal or thing huge in size.
a legendary animal combining features of animal and human form or having the forms of various animals in combination, as a centaur, griffin, or sphinx.
an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure, as from marked malformation or the absence of certain parts or organs.
a grossly anomalous fetus or infant, especially one that is not viable.
anything unnatural or monstrous.
huge; enormous; monstrous: a monster tree.
- mon·ster·like, adjective
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How to use monster in a sentence
So you’re creating this monster centralized, centrally linked biometric data architecture.Eight case studies on regulating biometric technology show us a path forward | Karen Hao | September 4, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It was undoubtedly flashy, but from a usability standpoint, it felt like a Frankenstein’s monster of gadgets.Small upgrades could make for big improvements in Samsung’s latest folding smartphone | Stan Horaczek | September 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
The operator of Alipay, the ubiquitous digital wallet and financial “super app,” won a monster $150 billion valuation after a funding round in 2018.A Chinese fintech could be bigger than Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo put together | John Detrixhe | July 20, 2020 | Quartz
Another mathematical misfit, a prize possession for any cabinet, is simply known as the monster.
There is a danger, I think, in assuming that anyone who does not intervene in an emergency is a monster or inherently a bad person.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 9, 2020 | Freakonomics
There was something cathartic about deleting this 2,500-word monster of a farewell, and resolving to live.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because Duck Dynasty receives monster TV ratings and Robertson paid by a company (A&E) while making these public statements.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 | Kevin Fallon | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bratton was not ready to say that Brinsley was acting as part of a group or as anything but a lone monster.
In its presence--jolting, sudden, horrific—the monster is the monster of grief.
The two parties—mother and son, and monster—live in the same house, and are safe and healthy.
At last two are successful, and the monster, hardly able to breathe, stands quiet and still.
Once again, the strong, black fist was clinched in the approaching monster's face.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
If the hunter venture to come close to such a monster, and his dagger fail to pierce the vital spot, there is no help for him.
The men waited till the great body of the monster became still and quiet.
None would have believed that the cowardly monster Fear was for ever feasting upon his heart.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for monster
an imaginary beast, such as a centaur, usually made up of various animal or human parts
a person, animal, or plant with a marked structural deformity
a cruel, wicked, or inhuman person
a very large person, animal, or thing
(as modifier): a monster cake
Australian and NZ informal to criticize (a person or group) severely
Australian and NZ sport to use intimidating tactics against (an opponent)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with monster
see green-eyed monster.
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