- 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.
- any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people.
- any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character.
- a person who excites horror by wickedness, cruelty, etc.
- any animal or thing huge in size.
- 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.
Origin of monster
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Related Wordsgiant, 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
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
But in those days a father who demanded obedience wasn't considered a monster.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I thank God that I was not born an emperor, or I might have become a monster.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
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.
Siegfried went through the brush in the direction from which the monster had come.Opera Stories from Wagner
- 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)
Word Origin and History 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."
- An animal, a plant, or other organism having structural defects or deformities.
- A fetus or an infant that is grotesquely abnormal and usually not viable.
Idioms and Phrases with monster
see green-eyed monster.