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adjective mon·strous \ˈmän(t)-strəs\

Definition of monstrous

  1. 1 obsolete :  strange, unnatural

  2. 2 :  having extraordinary often overwhelming size :  gigantic stuffing a monstrous sandwich down his throat — Mike Flaherty a monstrous skyscraper

  3. 3a :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster came face to face with a monstrous creature — Lester Davidb obsolete :  teeming with monsters

  4. 4a :  extraordinarily ugly or vicious :  horrible a monstrous crime monstrous mayhemb :  shockingly wrong or ridiculous the legend assumed monstrous proportions — Louis Untermeyer a monstrous miscalculation

  5. 5 :  deviating greatly from the natural form or character :  abnormal a monstrous melon

  6. 6 :  very great —used as an intensive a monstrous hammering on his door — G. D. Brown a monstrous hangover

monstrously

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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

15th Century

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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adverb mon·strous

Definition of monstrous

chiefly dialectal

  1. :  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

see 1monstrous


First Known Use: 1569


MONSTROUS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective mon·strous \ˈmän(t)-strəs\

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

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adjective mon·strous \ˈmän-strəs\

Definition of monstrous for Students

  1. 1 :  unusually large :  enormous He has a monstrous appetite.

  2. 2 :  very bad or wrong a monstrous injustice

  3. 3 :  having the qualities or appearance of a monster The monstrous creature approached.

monstrously

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