monster

noun
mon·​ster | \ ˈmän(t)-stər How to pronounce monster (audio) \

Definition of monster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure a mythical monster a sea monster
b : one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character an immoral monster
2 : a threatening force the same monster — Destiny … that rolls every civilization to doom— W. L. Sullivan
3a : an animal of strange or terrifying shape visualize this scaleless monster, eight or nine feet long, sprawling in the shade by the side of the mud pools— W. E. Swinton
b : one unusually large for its kind That truck is a monster.
4 : something monstrous especially : a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty His father was a monster who beat his children for no reason.
5 : one that is highly successful That movie was a monster at the box office.

monster

adjective

Definition of monster (Entry 2 of 2)

: enormous or impressive especially in size, extent, or numbers

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Examples of monster in a Sentence

Noun

That car is a monster. Inflation has become an economic monster.

Adjective

The movie turned out to be a monster hit.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hopefully Harper pressed charges and got this dreaded monster arrested for his crimes. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 Frankowski is a 2018 Olympic cross-country skier who is an uphill monster in the mountains. Anchorage Daily News, "Frankowski, Bjornsen make fast ascents of Bird Ridge," 17 June 2019 The outposts highlights the element where players can trade their pocket monsters. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Here’s the Pokemon Go Fest 2019 map," 10 June 2019 The creative person is an absolute monster who tries to destroy Bob Fosse. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch All That Jazz, the Bob Fosse Movie Featured in the Fosse/Verdon Finale," 29 May 2019 Stages for indie and hip-hop music are set up next to machines that loom like monsters. Martin Kirchner, National Geographic, "In Germany, industrial sites are now artful enclaves," 10 May 2019 Screaming at monsters rarely works, even in movies. Susan X Jane, Glamour, "In Us, Lupita Nyong’o Is the Horror Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For," 22 Mar. 2019 And fault-ridden Meg Murry — spiky, unlikable Meg Murry, who feels like a monster in her glasses and braces — is what makes the whole thing work so well. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 Click through the photos above for a look at Conroe's monster fish... Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Conroe to be stocked with 13,000 largemouth bass fingerlings," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of monster

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monster

Noun and Adjective

Middle English monstre, from Anglo-French, from Latin monstrum omen, monster, from monēre to warn — more at mind

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Time Traveler for monster

The first known use of monster was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for monster

monster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strange or horrible imaginary creature
informal : something that is extremely or unusually large
: a powerful person or thing that cannot be controlled and that causes many problems

monster

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of monster (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : very popular and successful

monster

noun
mon·​ster | \ ˈmän-stər How to pronounce monster (audio) \

Kids Definition of monster

1 : a strange or horrible creature
2 : something unusually large
3 : an extremely wicked or cruel person

monster

noun
mon·​ster | \ ˈmän(t)-stər How to pronounce monster (audio) \

Medical Definition of monster

: an animal or plant displaying a major developmental abnormality in form or structure

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