mon·​strous | \ ˈmän(t)-strəs How to pronounce monstrous (audio) \

Definition of monstrous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having extraordinary often overwhelming size : gigantic stuffing a monstrous sandwich down his throat— Mike Flaherty a monstrous skyscraper
2a : 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
3 : deviating greatly from the natural form or character : abnormal a monstrous melon
4 : very great used as an intensive a monstrous hammering on his door— G. D. Browna monstrous hangover
5a : having the qualities or appearance of a monster came face to face with a monstrous creature— Lester David
b obsolete : teeming with monsters
6 obsolete : strange, unnatural



Definition of monstrous (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from monstrous


monstrously adverb
monstrousness noun

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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

Examples of monstrous in a Sentence

Adjective It was monstrous of him to keep the truth from them all those years. a monstrous melon that was clearly not fit to eat Adverb a monstrous pretty gal, she was
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First Known Use of monstrous


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


1569, in the meaning defined above

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mon·​strous | \ ˈmän-strəs How to pronounce monstrous (audio) \

Kids Definition of monstrous

1 : unusually large : enormous He has a monstrous appetite.
2 : very bad or wrong a monstrous injustice
3 : very ugly, cruel, or vicious a monstrous creature

Other Words from monstrous

monstrously adverb

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