Definition of beast
1a : a four-footed mammal as distinguished from a human being, a lower vertebrate, and an invertebrateb : a lower animal as distinguished from a human beingc : an animal as distinguished from a plantd : an animal under human control
2 : a contemptible person
3 : something formidably difficult to control or deal with
Examples of beast in a Sentence
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!
Recent Examples of beast from the Web
With so much to look at, from Rube Goldberg-like contraptions to a beast spewing fire and lots of gears and pendulums, the technical wizardry eventually became sensory overload.
Most that have seen the Lake Norman Monster seem to agree that the beast is more fish like, with a slender body, thick whisker like appendages, flippers and a ragged looking dorsal fin.
The Supreme Court has upheld neutral public campaign funding in the past, but the democracy-voucher program is an altogether different beast.
Alabama-Florida State is a whole different beast, however.
Ed Lockwood knows that sitting on the back of a one-ton beast carries the risk of serious injury -- even death.
L.A. is certainly a different beast than most urban centers—
Around noon, a tractor pulled out the red, wooden beast, nearly 30 feet long, 13,000 pounds and still bearing a legacy if no longer a live band.
This post will also not mention theories, because theories are a whole separate beast.
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Origin and Etymology of beast
Middle English beste, from Anglo-French, from Latin bestia
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
BEAST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beast for English Language Learners
: 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
BEAST Defined for Kids
Definition of beast for Students
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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