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

Wiktionary

  1. monsternoun

    A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  2. monsternoun

    A bizarre or whimsical creature.

    The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  3. monsternoun

    An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal.

    Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  4. monsternoun

    A horribly deformed person.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  5. monsternoun

    A badly behaved child, a brat.

    Sit still, you little monster!

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  6. monsternoun

    Something unusually large.

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

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  7. monsternoun

    A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.

    That dude playing guitar is a monster.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  8. monsterverb

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

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  9. monsterverb

    To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  10. monsterverb

    To harass.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  11. monsteradjective

    Very large; worthy of a monster.

    He has a monster appetite.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monsternoun

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

    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.]

  2. Monsternoun

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

    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.]

  3. Monsternoun

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

    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.]

  4. Monsteradjective

    monstrous in size

    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.]

  5. Monsterverb

    to make monstrous

    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.]

Freebase

  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

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  1. mentors, meronts, 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. Homicide Captain James Clark:

    He's a monster, we're very happy to get him off the streets.

  2. Yahya Abdul-Mateen:

    I believe the majority of history remembers Candyman as a monster, the guy with the hook and the bees coming out of his mouth. But they don't remember the fact that Candyman was lynched. They don't remember how Candyman was turned into a monster.

  3. Jordan Peele:

    We are at a time where we fear' the other,' i wanted to suggest that the monster has our face, maybe the evil is us.

  4. Sandra Martinez:

    Just seeing that coward, that monster looking so snide and smirking makes my blood boil with rage.

  5. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    Plainly, this monster should not have been in our community, he shouldn't have been allowed into the country. He shouldn't have been out on bail. He shouldn’t have been with a gun and he shouldn’t have become radicalized.

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