[ mon-ster ]
/ ˈmɒn stər /



huge; enormous; monstrous: a monster tree.

Origin of monster

1250–1300; Middle English monstre < Latin mōnstrum portent, unnatural event, monster, equivalent to mon(ēre) to warn + -strum noun suffix


mon·ster·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monster

/ (ˈmɒnstə) /


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
  1. a very large person, animal, or thing
  2. (as modifier)a monster cake

verb (tr)

Australian and NZ informal to criticize (a person or group) severely
Australian and NZ sport to use intimidating tactics against (an opponent)

Word Origin for monster

C13: from Old French monstre, from Latin monstrum portent, from monēre to warn
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Medical definitions for monster

[ mŏnstər ]


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.
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Idioms and Phrases with monster


see green-eyed monster.

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