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

While The Blob will not be screened on Friday, the variety show will be an interactive performance that pays tribute to the movie and other monster movies of its kind, including a Miss Blobfest pageant. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Phoenixville's Blobfest returns as the movie that inspired it turns 60," 11 July 2018 Both are enamored with classic monster movies, and their relationship is warm and witty, but not without strain. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In the wings: Southern California playwrights go 'Out on a Limb' again," 11 July 2018 To be sure, monster festivals always attract local families with smiling children. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018 Former Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo wasn’t expected to declare for the NBA draft until his monster performance against Michigan in the national championship game. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Bucks Rookie Donte DiVincenzo Has $3.71 in His Bank Account," 10 July 2018 The guy won Paris-Roubaix with a monster solo attack, for goodness’ sake. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Peter Sagan Is Back, and the Tour de France Is Better," 9 July 2018 The cars were brightly spray painted with numbers, initials or monster teeth. Mykal Mceldowney, Indianapolis Star, "'It's a big rush': The risks and rewards of demolition derby," 25 June 2018 The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had a monster sophomore season earning special-mention all-Greater Western Ohio Conference. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Recruiting Trail: Briggs, All highlight 8-commitment weekend," 25 June 2018 The Meg How to build a fake ocean, by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, producer The Plot: A prehistoric monster shark called a megalodon, thought to be extinct, attacks a research vessel. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 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

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

Adjective

see monster entry 1

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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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