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monster

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noun mon·ster \ˈmän(t)-stər\

Definition of monster

  1. 1a :  an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure a mythical monster a sea monsterb :  one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character an immoral monster

  2. 2 :  a threatening force the same monster — Destiny … that rolls every civilization to doom — W. L. Sullivan

  3. 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. Swintonb :  one unusually large for its kind That truck is a monster.

  4. 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. 5 :  one that is highly successful That movie was a monster at the box office.

Examples of monster in a sentence

  1. That car is a monster.

  2. Inflation has become an economic monster.

Origin and Etymology of monster

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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monster

adjective mon·ster

Definition of monster

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

Examples of monster in a sentence

  1. The movie turned out to be a monster hit.

Origin and Etymology of monster

see 1monster


First Known Use: 1837



MONSTER Defined for English Language Learners

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monster

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noun mon·ster \ˈmän(t)-stər\

Definition of monster for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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monster

adjective mon·ster

Definition of monster for English Language Learners

  • : very popular and successful


MONSTER Defined for Kids

monster

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noun mon·ster \ˈmän-stər\

Definition of monster for Students

  1. 1 :  a strange or horrible creature

  2. 2 :  something unusually large

  3. 3 :  an extremely wicked or cruel person


Medical Dictionary

monster

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noun mon·ster \ˈmän(t)-stər\

Medical Definition of monster

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



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