monstermon‧ster1 /ˈmɒnstə $ ˈmɑːnstər/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1in storiesRF an imaginary or ancientcreature that is large, ugly, and frightening 🔊 the remains of a prehistoric monster 🔊 the search for the Loch Ness Monster2cruel personBAD PERSON someone who is very cruel and evil 🔊 Only a monster could kill all those women.3childCHILD a small child, especially one who is behaving badly – used humorously 🔊 I’ve got to get home and feed this little monster.4something large informalBIG an object, animal etc that is unusually large 🔊 Did you see the fish Dad caught? It was a monster! 🔊 There’s a monster of a spider in the bath!5dangerous problem a dangerous or threatening problem, especially one that develops gradually and is difficult to manage
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monster• This includes the cost of a monsterridden by a character.• You never were, although the slum people were complaining that a monster was preying on them.• Their pumpkin this year was a monster.• A monster like that should not be allowed to live!• The big monster sat down with me.• But the government, in pursuit of high-mindedideals, has created a bureaucraticmonster before which small business-people flee in terror.• Now the Vaccines for Children program has become a new bureaucratic monster with a life of its own.• I hate taking the boys grocery shopping - they turn into monsters.• Fear for my family and hate for my monster were with me day and night.• The Giants, the fourthrace of monsters, sprang up from his blood.• These guys are only Caspers; the real monsters are still breathing on this side of the great divide.• a seamonster• He argued that unless these monsters were put in prison immediately, they would continue to terrorize the public.monster of a• The early single Like A Daydream, their finestpop moment, was a monster of asongtonight.• Learning a lessonResistance to vancomycin already has created a smaller monster of abug that had been virtually harmless, enterococcus.monstermonster2 adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 informalBIG unusually large syn giant 🔊 a monster cat 🔊 The song was a monster hit.