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Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: monstre, from Latin monstrum 'warning, monster', from monere 'to warn'

monster

1 noun
     
Related topics: Folklore
mon‧ster1 [countable]
1

in stories

RF an imaginary or ancient creature that is large, ugly, and frightening:
the remains of a prehistoric monster
the search for the Loch Ness Monster
2

cruel person

someone who is very cruel and evil:
Only a monster could kill all those women.
3

child

a small child, especially one who is behaving badly - used humorously:
I've got to get home and feed this little monster.
4

something large

informal 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!
5

dangerous problem

a dangerous or threatening problem, especially one that develops gradually and is difficult to manage

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