beast·​ie ˈbē-stē How to pronounce beastie (audio)
: a real or imaginary animal or creature : beast
Mr. Gould is not a run-of-the-mill "nature writer" given to tender accounts of wondrous beasties or excited descriptions of biological freaks.H. Jack Geiger
It describes the adventures of an old man who lives in a cave by the Loch of Lochnagar, with such characters as … a grouse who repels visitors and birds and beasties who live around Balmoral Castle.Herbert Mitgang
… 900 acres of protected beach, marshlands and meadow keep everything from wild sea oats to native birds and beasties safe and sound.Town & Country
Big, squishy mutants and dreamy monsters. Otherworldly tentacled zomboid beasties.Owen Gleiberman

Examples of beastie in a Sentence

I've become used to sharing our cabin in the woods with all sorts of little beasties.
Recent Examples on the Web Like all the musical’s beasties, Rosie is a puppet, and the production’s use of that artistic device is deftly integrated. Elisabeth Vincentelli, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Yoong and about 100 other dog-pushers were confined in a ramshackle complex of stilted, timber shacks with thatch roofs, which became their home for a month, subsisting on two daily meals of rice and vegetables while being feasted upon by mosquitos and assorted beasties. TIME, 21 Mar. 2024 So that era of cinema with all of these beasties and things was due for a moment back in the spotlight. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 The poetry, the love from a beastie crowd…and that vitiator air. Daniel Scheffler, SPIN, 7 Nov. 2023 Mario then teams up with Princess Peach to save her kingdom from Bowser, a fire-breathing beastie who commands a vast army of Koopas, who are turtles. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 4 Apr. 2023 There is also an explosion of what look like giant grape vines (also wood-like), out of the pods of which erupt a crew of beasties: a gnashing cyclops, a gnashing griffin, and more gnashers. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023 The duo just have to avoid hungry beasties and climb to the top of a mountain several dozen miles away. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2023 In other words, the reason electrons, protons, and neutrons have mass is because of this Higgs beastie. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beastie was in 1714

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“Beastie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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