- 1An imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening.More example sentences
- She was made into a horrid, ugly monster.
- From the mountain chain before them emerged a terrifying creature, a monster, a demon to be precise.
- A family sleeping together is safe from things that go bump in the night, whether imaginary monsters or real predators on the savannah.
- 1.1An inhumanly cruel or wicked person: he was an unfeeling, treacherous monsterMore example sentences
- Please don't be as uncivilized, thoughtless, and cruel as the monsters who committed these senseless acts.
- She was a fraud, a monster, and a cruel mean beast.
- He became a monster, a cruel and crafty invader who was stopped only by epic courage and perseverance.
- 1.2often • humorous A person, typically a child, who is rude or badly behaved: Christopher is only a year old, but already he is a little monsterMore example sentences
- So no ducking under the duvet, then, when your little monster threatens to waken the neighbours, if not the dead, with his wee-small-hours wake-up call.
- If your little monster wants to look even more scary, there are face painters to give them the ultimate Sunday makeover.
- After the better part of an hour I think the little monster was getting tired, finally.
- 1.3A thing or animal that is excessively or dauntingly large: this is a monster of a book, almost 2,000 pages [as modifier]: a monster 120-mm gunMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4A congenitally malformed or mutant animal or plant.More example sentences
- 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.
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- Criticize or reprimand severely: my mother used to monster me for coming home so lateMore example sentences
- 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'.