What does monster mean?

Definitions for monster
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.


  1. Monster

    A monster is a type of fictional creature found in horror, fantasy, science fiction, folklore, mythology and religion. Monsters are very often depicted as dangerous and aggressive with a strange, grotesque appearance that causes terror and fear. Monsters usually resemble bizarre, deformed, otherworldly and/or mutated animals or entirely unique creatures of varying sizes, but may also take a human form, such as mutants, ghosts and spirits, zombies or cannibals, among other things. They may or may not have supernatural powers, but are usually capable of killing or causing some form of destruction, threatening the social or moral order of the human world in the process. Animal monsters are outside the moral order, but sometimes have their origin in some human violation of the moral law (e.g. in the Greek myth, Minos does not sacrifice to Poseidon the white bull which the god sent him, so as punishment Poseidon makes Minos' wife, Pasiphaë, fall in love with the bull. She copulates with the beast, and gives birth to the man with a bull's head, the Minotaur). Human monsters are those who by birth were never fully human (Medusa and her Gorgon sisters) or who through some supernatural or unnatural act lost their humanity (werewolves, Frankenstein's monster), and so who can no longer, or who never could, follow the moral law of human society. Monsters may also be depicted as misunderstood and friendly creatures who frighten individuals away without wanting to, or may be so large, strong and clumsy that they cause unintentional damage or death. Some monsters in fiction are depicted as mischievous and boisterous but not necessarily threatening (such as a sly goblin), while others may be docile but prone to becoming angry or hungry, thus needing to be tamed and taught to resist savage urges, or killed if they cannot be handled or controlled successfully. Monsters pre-date written history, and the academic study of the particular cultural notions expressed in a society's ideas of monsters is known as monstrophy. Monsters have appeared in literature and in feature-length films. Well-known monsters in fiction include Count Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, werewolves, vampires, demons, mummies, and zombies.


  1. monster

    A monster is a type of mythical creature or animal that is often large, powerful, or frightening in appearance. This can also refer to a person who performs extremely cruel or destructive actions. Additionally, in figurative terms, a monster can refer to a situation or thing that is excessively large or difficult to control. In scientific or fictional context, it can refer to a mutant or a grotesquely anomalous individual.

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. Toni Natalie:

    It was you, Nancy, you, who let the monster out, when Keith found you, he found his perfect match, his perfect evil partner. You knew early on of his attraction to young girls and with you by his side, look what he was able to do with so many of them.

  2. Chris Hayes:

    What we have to do to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change is to cut emissions in half in 12 years, twelve years. Thats the project we have been tasked with by the Earth. Now has come a bold new policy proposal that might be the most controversial thing in American politics at the moment. Youve probably heard about it. Its called the Green New Deal. Some people call it a socialist monster; some people call it our only hope for survival here in the way of life that we hold dear.

  3. Katie Baldassar:

    They clean hotel rooms over in Vail. They work construction over in Breckenridge, and they're experiencing the double-headed monster of food scarcity and obesity.

  4. Sherry Rehman:

    Pakistan is living through one of the most serious climate catastrophes of the world, we are at this point ground zero of the front line of extreme weather events, which we have seen from early this year from an unrelenting cascade of heat waves, forest fires, flash floods, multiple glacier lake outburst events and now the monster monsoon of the decade.

  5. Brian Chin:

    He knew exactly what he was doing, he fell back. He masked his sound. This monster, he hid himself down below every floor as he watched her go up.

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