beast

noun
\ ˈbēst How to pronounce beast (audio) \

Definition of beast

1a : 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

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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!
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Recent Examples on the Web

Not fit for tiny gardens, this beast can grow to 15-feet tall and wide without breaking a sweat. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Try this trio of pollinator plants for your Kentucky summer garden," 19 July 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019 When angered or preparing to envelop a victim, the beast flaps its many orifices. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 3 July 2019 The call grows fainter as the beast creeps away along the riverbank, a shadow in the moonlight, its call a carnivorous Doppler effect. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 In the second life, the skinchanger's [warg's] memory slowly fades until nothing of the man is left and only the beast remains. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones: Could Daenerys Still Be Alive?," 24 May 2019 The beasts are slow and dull, deriving strength only in numbers. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "A Zombie Classic Gets a New Life," 23 Oct. 2018 After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Animal crackers break out of their cages," 20 Aug. 2018 These new calculations also show that, thanks to climate change, those eight-legged beasts are getting bigger. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Arctic Wolf Spiders Are Getting Bigger and It Could Slow Part of Climate Change," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of beast

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beast

Middle English beste, from Anglo-French, from Latin bestia

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beast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beast

old-fashioned : an animal especially : a wild animal that is large, dangerous, or unusual
old-fashioned : an unkind or cruel person
informal : a person or thing of a particular kind

beast

noun
\ ˈbēst How to pronounce beast (audio) \

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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