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

Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods provide a three-headed monster at receiver, the likes of which Cleveland hasn’t faced since the Chiefs last November. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland.com, "Browns vs. Rams preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 17 Sep. 2019 In trying to compete with Marvel Studios, Universal lost sight of why its monsters mattered. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Future of Universal's Monsters Is Coming Into Focus," 14 Sep. 2019 Politicians and regulators elsewhere should study the bill as an example of what monsters such amnesia can beget. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Berlin’s rent cap is a case of communist amnesia," 13 Sep. 2019 Six clue stations inside help visitors solve which monster took the dog. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Is that a T-Rex? Yes, dinosaurs roam in one of these 14 corn mazes in Connecticut," 12 Sep. 2019 Mateo Perez continues his monster second half and rushes for his 3rd TD of the game as Marin Catholic extends its lead to 42-6. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, "Football: Marin Catholic’s young QB too much for El Cerrito," 24 Aug. 2019 The appealing characters fight bad guys hiding in the town’s brand-new mall, squabble but eventually make up, chase monsters and suffer some growing pains of adolescence. oregonlive.com, "Summer TV 2019 winners and losers: ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Instinct,’ and more," 22 Aug. 2019 In the 20th century Arturo Martini sculpted his own hybrid fire-breathing monster inspired by the Chimera of Arezzo, a famous and intricate piece of Etruscan bronze-casting. E.o’k. | Lazio, The Economist, "The enduring influence of the Etruscans on Italian culture," 20 Aug. 2019 Bans and moratoriums would mean that rich, powerful entities would have to seek legal and societal permission before unleashing their potential monsters onto the market. Kentaro Toyama, The Conversation, "Bring on the technology bans!," 19 Aug. 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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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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