monstrous

[mon-struhs]

adjective

frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly.
shocking or revolting; outrageous: monstrous cruelty.
extraordinarily great; huge; immense: a monstrous building.
deviating grotesquely from the natural or normal form or type.
having the nature or appearance of a fabulous monster.

adverb

extremely; exceedingly; very.

Nearby words

  1. monster truck,
  2. monstera,
  3. monstering,
  4. monstrance,
  5. monstrosity,
  6. monstrously,
  7. mont blanc,
  8. mont cenis,
  9. mont cervin,
  10. mont-de-marsan

Origin of monstrous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word mōnstrōsus. See monster, -ous

Related formsmon·strous·ly, adverbmon·strous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for monstrous

monstrous

adjective

abnormal, hideous, or unnatural in size, character, etc
(of plants and animals) abnormal in structure
outrageous, atrocious, or shockingit is monstrous how badly he is treated
hugea monstrous fire
of, relating to, or resembling a monster
Derived Formsmonstrously, adverbmonstrousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for monstrous

monstrous

adj.

mid-15c., "unnatural, deviating from the natural order, hideous," from Middle French monstrueux, from Latin monstruosus "strange, unnatural, monstrous," from monstrum (see monster). Meaning "enormous" is from c.1500; that of "outrageously wrong" is from 1570s. Earlier form monstruous (late 14c., from Old French monstruous) was "very common in the 16th c." [OED].

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