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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Gesicki was an absolute beast at the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but sadly, his performance didn’t translate into success his rookie season. Eddie Brown, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Dolphins’ new coaching staff finally utilize Kenyan Drake correctly? Fantasy owners sure hope so," 20 June 2019 Over a million years ago, among the chilly grasslands of the ancient Yukon, Canada’s most northwesterly territory, an unexpected beast roamed: a hyena. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Hyena’s Teeth Show Bone-Crushing Carnivore Roamed the Arctic," 19 June 2019 The suspect is an astrophysical beast that can unleash vast sums of energy. Quanta Magazine, "With a Second Repeating Radio Burst, Astronomers Close In on an Explanation," 28 Feb. 2019 The Western Conference will be an entirely different beast but James may want a new, bigger challenge. SFChronicle.com, "If LeBron James goes to Lakers, he’ll battle Warriors for West — and California," 30 June 2018 The bones of our favorite fossil beasts in the Deep Time Hall were turned to stone by the addition of minerals in their pore spaces, but (as with petrified wood), some of the original biominerals are usually still there too. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian, "How Do Fossils Form?," 8 June 2019 Yet elite players only stay quiet for so long, and halftime awoke the beast. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Three alarming numbers from the Warriors’ Game 3 loss," 6 June 2019 To potential buyers bummed out that the Blazer isn't more of a beast, Chevy points out that the rugged body-on-frame SUV lives on the form of the Tahoe. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 The proverbial recreational vehicle, to the layperson passing one on the highway, may seem like an 18-wheeler lumbering beast. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "RVs Are More Efficient Than Ever, Thanks to Eco-Friendly Manufacturing," 15 May 2019

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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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