• synonyms



1580s, from sea + monster. Sea serpent is attested from 1640s. In Old English a sea-monster might be called sædraca "sea dragon," or sædeor.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for sea-monster

Historical Examples

  • Of what precise species this sea-monster was, is not mentioned.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale

    Herman Melville

  • In this place, according to some writers, Andromeda was exposed to the sea-monster.

  • Follows the adventure with the sea-monster, a dragon apparently.

  • Then when he appears again on the horizon, he is spat out on the shore by the sea-monster.

    Myths and Dreams

    Edward Clodd

  • Suppose Andromeda had turned and scolded Perseus after he had slain the sea-monster!

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse