monster

noun
mon·​ster | \ ˈmän(t)-stər \

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

After two seasons of dealing directly with the Upside Down and its monsters, Will Byers might finally get a reprieve from its horrors. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 Character customization was implemented in later versions of those games via job systems and Espers and the like, but not to nearly the extent that Pokémon promised with its 151 monsters and 165 moves. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 Tales of a monster go back nearly 1,500 years to when Irish missionary St. Columba is said to have encountered a beast in the River Ness in 565AD. Fox News, "Loch Ness Monster: This is Scotland's plan if the fabled beast is caught," 10 July 2018 This season, Dolores has transformed from a naïve girl into something of a monster. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 Like Maze Runner, the project will be a post-apocalyptic story, but in Monster Problems, a man survives a monster apocalypse in order to be with the woman of his dreams. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Dylan O'Brien Is in Talks to Star in Post-Apocalyptic Drama "Monster Problems"," 24 Oct. 2018 Mega Millions has existed in some form since 1996; here’s how lottery officials have tweaked the rules and odds of the game to make jackpots pay out less frequently, spurring their monster growth. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the race to hack-proof the Democratic Party," 18 Oct. 2018 There’s a point at which the number of unprecedented, monster storms—Harvey in Houston, Florence in the Carolinas, Michael on the Panhandle, and Maria in Puerto Rico—becomes frighteningly commonplace. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 But Musk is now working on perfecting SpaceX's other monster rocket, known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Elon Musk's Big Falcon Rocket revealed: How it compares to SpaceX's other powerful spacecrafts," 17 Sep. 2018

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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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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

: 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)

: very popular and successful

monster

noun
mon·​ster | \ ˈmän-stər \

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 \

Medical Definition of monster

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

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