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.

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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for monster »

  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. Michael Tatelman:

    There is something great about' go in and chase this monster into your store,' the question is will it stay compelling.

  4. Mike Brandt:

    I think it's his chance to tell the world, 'I didn't intend to kill him,' if I was him, I think I would want to try and let people know that I’m not a monster.

  5. Jaime Johanson:

    It was insane, honestly, I just stared at the fish until it sunk in, like wow, this is a sea monster.

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