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

For my money, no literary antiheroine can best Undine—a dazzling monster with rose-gold hair, creamy skin, and a gaping spiritual maw that could swallow New York City. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "What Edith Wharton Knew, a Century Ago, About Women and Fame in America," 10 Sep. 2019 That kind of intense ascent into stardom could have created a monster. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Lea Michele On How PCOS Changed Her Relationship With Food: ‘The Side Effects Can Be Brutal’," 10 Sep. 2019 The same could prove to be true for St. Paul’s defensive lineman as The Auburn commit is off to a monster start as a senior despite being ranked No. al, "Why Auburn D-line commit has bright future despite lack of recruiting stars," 9 Sep. 2019 Most notably, in 2007 wide receiver Randy Moss had a monster season for a New England team that finished 16-0 (but lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl). Sean Gregory, Time, "On NFL Kickoff, the New England Patriots Win Again," 8 Sep. 2019 While his aides arranged a meeting between Pence and a transgendered state worker to help the governor better understand the gay community, Pence couldn’t understand how the country could view him as a monster, LoBianco writes. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says," 7 Sep. 2019 The reports go back as far as A.D. 565, when an Irish saint is said to have saved a man from being attacked by a river monster. oregonlive, "The Loch Ness Monster is still a mystery. But scientists have some new evidence for a theory," 6 Sep. 2019 It is embroidered with wildlife, including caterpillars, butterflies, frogs and flowers, and contains narrative scenes such as a sea monster towering over an empty boat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See Scrap of Cloth Believed to Be From Elizabeth I’s Only Surviving Dress," 15 Aug. 2019 Epic has been teasing a steady stream of content updates for the latest batch of craziness for Fortnite since July, when a knock-down, drag-out battle occurred between a massive pink robot and a towering monster. NBC News, "Pennsylvania teenager wins $3M in Fortnite World Cup," 29 July 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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The first known use of monster was in the 14th century

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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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