- 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.
- monsoon low,
- monster truck,
Origin of monster
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|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A new purchase at some monster sale for which a gull has been mulcted.Ulysses|James Joyce
The tinker then pours a goatskin full of his infusion over the monster's head, who falls into a deep sleep.The Folk-Tales of the Magyars|Various
The forest must have been filled with the loud yells of the monster as he fought desperately against his enemy.Lost in the Jungle|Paul Du Chaillu
The scope focused first on a bulging, monster, antiquated freighter of a design that had not been built for a hundred years.The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
Here much ingenuity was shown in the management of the pseudo-supernatural business connected with the Monster.A Book of Burlesque|Willam Davenport Adams
- 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.