Simple Definition of beast
: an animal; especially : a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual
: an unkind or cruel person
: a person or thing of a particular kind
Full Definition of beast
1 a : a four-footed mammal as distinguished from a human being, a lower vertebrate, and an invertebrate b : a lower animal as distinguished from a human being c : an animal as distinguished from a plant d : an animal under human control
2 : a contemptible person
3 : something formidably difficult to control or deal with
Examples of beast
dogs and other four-footed beasts
the birds and beasts of the forest
They were attacked by a savage beast.
He's a cruel, hateful beast!
Origin of beast
Middle English beste, from Anglo-French, from Latin bestia
First Known Use: 13th century
BEAST Defined for Kids
Definition of beast
1 : a mammal with four feet (as a bear or deer) especially as distinguished from human beings <beasts of the forest>
2 : a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual
3 : a farm animal especially when kept for work <beasts of burden>
4 : a horrid person
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