What does monster mean?

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ˈmɒn stərmon·ster

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monster(noun)

    an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts

  2. giant, goliath, behemoth, monster, colossus(noun)

    someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

  3. freak, monster, monstrosity, lusus naturae(noun)

    a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

  4. monster, fiend, devil, demon, ogre(noun)

    a cruel wicked and inhuman person

  5. monster, teras(noun)

    (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus

Wiktionary

  1. monster(Noun)

    A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  2. monster(Noun)

    A bizarre or whimsical creature.

    The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  3. monster(Noun)

    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. monster(Noun)

    A horribly deformed person.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  5. monster(Noun)

    A badly behaved child, a brat.

    Sit still, you little monster!

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  6. monster(Noun)

    Something unusually large.

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

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  7. monster(Noun)

    A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.

    That dude playing guitar is a monster.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  8. monster(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  9. monster(Verb)

    To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  10. monster(Verb)

    To harass.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

  11. monster(Adjective)

    Very large; worthy of a monster.

    He has a monster appetite.

    Etymology: From and monstre, itself from monstrum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monster(noun)

    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. Monster(noun)

    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. Monster(noun)

    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. Monster(adj)

    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. Monster(verb)

    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

Anagrams for monster »

  1. mentors, meronts, metrons

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Numerology

  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. Ryan Pack:

    You say monster, I say martyr. You say murder, I say self-defence. You say legal, I say bad policy.

  2. Obdulia Sanchez:

    I didn’t even know I looked like a monster — I look like a freaking horrible monster, that was not my intention at all. I just didn’t know the video was so horrible.

  3. 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.

  4. Ariana Kukors:

    I was able to leave a horrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself. But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.

  5. Mary Crowley:

    Monster ghost nets are very important to get out of the ocean, but it's sometimes the small ghost nets that get wrapped around whales and dolphins and kill them, even the small pieces are very important.

Images & Illustrations of monster

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