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monster

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɒn.stər/  us   /ˈmɑːn.stɚ/

monster noun [C] (CREATURE)

B1 any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange: a sea monster prehistoric monsters the Loch Ness monster
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monster noun [C] (PERSON)

C2 a cruel person: You'd have to be a monster to hit a child like that.

monster noun [C] (LARGE)

informal something that is very big, or too big: You should have seen the onions he grew for the competition - they were monsters!

monster

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈmɒn.stər/  us   /ˈmɑːn.stɚ/ informal
very big: a monster housing development

monster

verb [T] uk   /ˈmɒn.stər/  us   /ˈmɑːn.stɚ/ informal
to criticize someone severely or to treat someone very badly: Andy Smith has been monstered by the media.
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