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monstrous

adjective mon·strous \ ˈmän(t)-strəs \

Definition of monstrous

1 obsolete :strange, unnatural
2 :having extraordinary often overwhelming size :gigantic
  • stuffing a monstrous sandwich down his throat
  • —Mike Flaherty
  • a monstrous skyscraper
3 a :having the qualities or appearance of a monster
  • came face to face with a monstrous creature
  • —Lester David
b obsolete :teeming with monsters
4 a :extraordinarily ugly or vicious :horrible
  • a monstrous crime
  • monstrous mayhem
b :shockingly wrong or ridiculous
  • the legend assumed monstrous proportions
  • —Louis Untermeyer
  • a monstrous miscalculation
5 :deviating greatly from the natural form or character :abnormal
  • a monstrous melon
6 :very great used as an intensive
  • a monstrous hammering on his door
  • —G. D. Brown
  • a monstrous hangover

monstrously

adverb

monstrousness

noun

Examples of monstrous in a Sentence

  1. It was monstrous of him to keep the truth from them all those years.

  2. a monstrous melon that was clearly not fit to eat

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First Known Use of monstrous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of monstrous

monstrous, prodigious, tremendous, stupendous mean extremely impressive. monstrous implies a departure from the normal (as in size, form, or character) and often carries suggestions of deformity, ugliness, or fabulousness.
    • the monstrous waste of the project
prodigious suggests a marvelousness exceeding belief, usually in something felt as going far beyond a previous maximum (as of goodness, greatness, intensity, or size).
    • made a prodigious effort and rolled the stone aside
tremendous may imply a power to terrify or inspire awe.
    • the tremendous roar of the cataract
stupendous implies a power to stun or astound, usually because of size, numbers, complexity, or greatness beyond description.
    • a stupendous volcanic eruption

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monstrous

adverb

Definition of monstrous

chiefly dialectal
:very, extremely
  • a monstrous long raft
  • —Mark Twain

Examples of monstrous in a Sentence

  1. a monstrous pretty gal, she was

Origin and Etymology of monstrous


MONSTROUS Defined for English Language Learners

monstrous

adjective

Definition of monstrous for English Language Learners

  • : extremely or unusually large

  • : very wrong or unfair

  • : very ugly, cruel, or vicious


MONSTROUS Defined for Kids

monstrous

adjective mon·strous \ ˈmän-strəs \

Definition of monstrous for Students

1 :unusually large :enormous
  • He has a monstrous appetite.
2 :very bad or wrong
  • a monstrous injustice
3 :having the qualities or appearance of a monster
  • The monstrous creature approached.

monstrously

adverb


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