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monster

Syllabification: mon·ster
Pronunciation: /ˈmänstər
 
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Definition of monster in English:

noun

1An imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening.
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.
Synonyms
giant, mammoth, colossus, leviathan, titan
informal jumbo
1.1An inhumanly cruel or wicked person: he was an unfeeling, treacherous monster
More 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.
Synonyms
informal swine, pig
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 monster
More 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.
Synonyms
rascal, imp, monkey, wretch, devil
informal horror, scamp, scalawag, tyke, varmint, hellion
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 gun
More 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.
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.

verb

[with object] informal , chiefly British Back to top  
Criticize or reprimand severely: my mother used to monster me for coming home so late
More 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.

Origin

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

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