Definition of monster in English:


Line breaks: mon|ster
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnstə


  • 2A thing of extraordinary or daunting size: this is a monster of a book, almost 500 pages [as modifier]: a monster 36lb carp
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    • For my money I got a monster of a sandwich, complete with a side serving of salad and dressing.
    • Also, Tony scored a monster of a point after 28 minutes, following an excellent pass from Michael.
    • She had a monster of a van ready and was waiting for us.
  • 3A congenitally malformed or mutant animal or plant.
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    • Many of these aquatic monsters are thought to be seriously threatened by overfishing and habitat destruction.
    • Museums and private collectors have for centuries preserved specimens of monsters and mutants.


[with object] British informal Back to top  
  • Criticize or reprimand severely: my mum used to monster me for coming home so late
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    • However, they fear that if this was attempted they would be monstered for being too open or too uncertain about critical areas of public concern.
    • Or would he have been monstered for settling for defeat?
    • Clearly, anything short of Section 28 restated was going to be monstered.


late Middle English: from Old French monstre, from Latin monstrum 'portent or monster', from monere 'warn'.

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