monster Definition

  • 1an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening
  • 2a person, typically a child, who is rude or badly behaved
  • 3something that is unusually large or powerful

Using monster: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "monster" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The movie was about a giant monster attacking the city.

  • Example

    He's a monster on the basketball court.

  • Example

    The amount of work she has to do is a monster.

  • Example

    The child was acting like a little monster.

monster Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using monster

  • to do something that results in unintended negative consequences


    By giving him too much freedom, they created a monster who now refuses to follow any rules.

  • to allow something dangerous or uncontrollable to be released or unleashed


    Once you start spreading rumors, it's hard to put the genie back in the bottle. You've let the monster out of the box.

  • the green-eyed monster

    jealousy, typically in romantic relationships


    She couldn't help feeling the green-eyed monster when she saw her ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend.

Phrases with monster

  • a song, movie, or other form of entertainment that is extremely popular and successful


    Their latest album was a monster hit, selling millions of copies worldwide.

  • a very large pickup truck with oversized wheels and suspension, often used for competition or entertainment


    The monster truck show was a huge success, drawing thousands of spectators.

  • an exceptionally large and powerful ocean wave, often sought after by surfers


    He rode the monster wave all the way to the shore, impressing everyone on the beach.

Origins of monster

from Latin 'monstrum', meaning 'portent, monster', from 'monere', meaning 'warn'


Summary: monster in Brief

The term 'monster' [ˈmɑːnstər] refers to an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening, or a person who is rude or badly behaved. It can also denote something unusually large or powerful, as in 'The amount of work she has to do is a monster.' 'Monster' extends into phrases like 'monster hit,' and idioms like 'create a monster,' denoting unintended negative consequences.

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