Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

monstrous

play
adjective mon·strous \ˈmän(t)-strəs\

Simple Definition of monstrous

  • : extremely or unusually large

  • : very wrong or unfair

  • : very ugly, cruel, or vicious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monstrous

  1. 1 obsolete :  strange, unnatural

  2. 2 :  having extraordinary often overwhelming size :  gigantic

  3. 3 a :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster b obsolete :  teeming with monsters

  4. 4 a :  extraordinarily ugly or vicious :  horrible b :  shockingly wrong or ridiculous

  5. 5 :  deviating greatly from the natural form or character :  abnormal

  6. 6 :  very great —used as an intensive

monstrously

adverb

monstrousness

noun

Examples of monstrous in a sentence

  1. It was monstrous of him to keep the truth from them all those years.

  2. <a monstrous melon that was clearly not fit to eat>



15th Century

First Known Use of monstrous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of monstrous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness <the monstrous waste of the project>. prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size) <made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside>. tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe <the tremendous roar of the cataract>. stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description <a stupendous volcanic eruption>.

2

monstrous

adverb mon·strous

Definition of monstrous

chiefly dialect

  1. :  very, extremely <a monstrous long raft — Mark Twain>



Examples of monstrous in a sentence

  1. <a monstrous pretty gal, she was>



1590

First Known Use of monstrous

1590


MONSTROUS Defined for Kids

monstrous

play
adjective mon·strous \ˈmän-strəs\

Definition of monstrous for Students

  1. 1 :  unusually large :  enormous <He has a monstrous appetite.>

  2. 2 :  very bad or wrong <a monstrous injustice>

  3. 3 :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster <The monstrous creature approached.>

monstrously

adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up monstrous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption torrent megillah rebellion
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ