What does Monster mean?

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ˈmɒn stərMon·ster

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monsternoun

    an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts

  2. giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossusnoun

    someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

  3. freak, monster, monstrosity, lusus naturaenoun

    a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

  4. monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogrenoun

    a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  5. monster, terasnoun

    (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus


  1. monsternoun

    A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.

  2. monsternoun

    A bizarre or whimsical creature.

    The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.

  3. monsternoun

    An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal.

    Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!

  4. monsternoun

    A horribly deformed person.

  5. monsternoun

    A badly behaved child, a brat.

    Sit still, you little monster!

  6. monsternoun

    Something unusually large.

    Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters.

  7. monsternoun

    A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.

    That dude playing guitar is a monster.

  8. monsterverb

    To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise.

  9. monsterverb

    To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.

  10. monsterverb

    To harass.

  11. monsteradjective

    Very large; worthy of a monster.

    He has a monster appetite.

  12. Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MONSTERnoun

    Etymology: monstre, Fr. monstrum, Latin.

    It ought to be determined whether monsters be really a distinct species; we find, that some of these monstrous productions have none of those qualities that accompany the essence of that species from whence they derive. John Locke.

    If she live long,
    And, in the end, meet the old course of death,
    Women will all turn monsters. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    All human virtue
    Finds envy never conquer’d but by death:
    The great Alcides ev’ry labour past,
    Had still this monster to subdue at last. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Monsterverb

    To put out of the common order of things. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Her offence
    Must be of such unnatural degree
    That monsters it. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I had rather have one scratch my head i’ th’ sun,
    When the alarum were struck, than idly sit
    To hear my nothings monster’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monsternoun

    something of unnatural size, shape, or quality; a prodigy; an enormity; a marvel

  2. Monsternoun

    specifically , an animal or plant departing greatly from the usual type, as by having too many limbs

  3. Monsternoun

    any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty

  4. Monsteradjective

    monstrous in size

  5. Monsterverb

    to make monstrous

  6. Etymology: [OE. monstre, F. monstre, fr. L. monstrum, orig., a divine omen, indicating misfortune; akin of monstrare to show, point out, indicate, and monere to warn. See Monition, and cf. Demonstrate, Muster.]


  1. Monster

    A monster is any creature, usually found in legends or horror fiction, that is often hideous and may produce fear or physical harm by its appearance and/or its actions. The word "monster" derives from Latin monstrum, an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong within the natural order. The word usually connotes something wrong or evil; a monster is generally morally objectionable, physically or psychologically hideous, and/or a freak of nature. It can also be applied figuratively to a person with similar characteristics like a greedy person or a person who does horrible things. However, the root of 'monstrum' is 'monere'—which does not only mean to warn, but also to instruct, and forms the basis of the modern English demonstrate. Thus, the monster is also a sign or instruction. This benign interpretation was proposed by Saint Augustine, who did not see the monster as inherently evil, but as part of the natural design of the world, a kind-of deliberate category error.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monster

    mon′stėr, n. anything out of the usual course of nature: a prodigy, or fabulous animal: anything unusually large: anything horrible from ugliness or wickedness.—adj. unusually large, huge.—n. Monstros′ity, an unnatural production.—adj. Mon′strous, out of the common course of nature: enormous: wonderful: horrible.—adv. Mon′strously.—n. Mon′strousness, state or quality of being monstrous.—Gila monster, a large poisonous lizard of Arizona, &c., having tubercular scales. [Fr.,—L. monstrum, an omen, a monster—monēre, to warn.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Monster' in Nouns Frequency: #2081

Anagrams for Monster »

  1. mentors

  2. meronts

  3. metrons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monster in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Monster in a Sentence

  1. Australian National University:

    The Milky Way is on a collision course with Andromeda in about four billion years. So knowing what kind of a monster our galaxy is up against is useful in finding out the Milky Ways ultimate fate.

  2. Susan Clayton:

    Staying informed is important because it makes it more concrete and less the scary monster under the bed, a monster under the bed is scary because you don't look at it ; finding out about things makes them more manageable.

  3. Pierre Haroche:

    Do you want to solidify the' dragon-bear monster' to show that there is a clear ideological' Cold War' between democracies and autocracies, because that's convenient in terms of the narrative ? Or is it( a better) strategy to say that the two( China and Russia) are very different actors... who might even, in the future, oppose one another ?

  4. Filippo Alloatti:

    Both legs of the plan are potentially fragile, it will be difficult to complete such a big capital increase given their track record with past cash calls, and the securitization is a monster operation, a puzzle full of moving pieces that need to fall into place. The execution risk is significant.

  5. Captain Jack Eichel:

    You look at how good he was last year in year one and how much more he knows now, i think hes primed to have a monster season.

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