- 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.
Origin of monster
Synonyms for monster
Related Words for monstergiant, devil, freak, behemoth, horror, demon, beast, villain, whale, dragon, savage, mutant, titan, ogre, colossus, brute, barbarian, abnormality, mammoth, hellion
Examples from the Web for monster
Contemporary Examples of monster
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
January 1, 2015
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.
I always loved monster movies because I identified with the monster and connected with it.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
I testified merely eight feet from this monster at a preliminary hearing.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of monster
But in those days a father who demanded obedience wasn't considered a monster.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
But Theseus by this time had leaped up, and caught the monster off his guard.
"Thou hast slain the monster," cried Ariadne, clasping her hands.
I thank God that I was not born an emperor, or I might have become a monster.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Siegfried went through the brush in the direction from which the monster had come.Opera Stories from Wagner
- a very large person, animal, or thing
- (as modifier)a monster cake
Word Origin for monster
early 14c., "malformed animal or human, creature afflicted with a birth defect," from Old French monstre, mostre "monster, monstrosity" (12c.), and directly from Latin monstrum "divine omen, portent, sign; abnormal shape; monster, monstrosity," figuratively "repulsive character, object of dread, awful deed, abomination," from root of monere "warn" (see monitor (n.)). Abnormal or prodigious animals were regarded as signs or omens of impending evil. Extended by late 14c. to imaginary animals composed of parts of creatures (centaur, griffin, etc.). Meaning "animal of vast size" is from 1520s; sense of "person of inhuman cruelty or wickedness" is from 1550s. As an adjective, "of extraordinary size," from 1837. In Old English, the monster Grendel was an aglæca, a word related to aglæc "calamity, terror, distress, oppression."
see green-eyed monster.