Meaning of “monster” in the English Dictionary

"monster" in British English

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monsternoun [ 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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monsteradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈmɒn.stər/ us /ˈmɑːn.stɚ/ informal

monsterverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɒn.stər/ us /ˈmɑːn.stɚ/ UK informal

(Definition of “monster” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"monster" in American English

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monsternoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɑn·stər/

monster noun [ C ] (CREATURE)

any imaginary frightening creature, esp. one that is large and strange

monster noun [ C ] (EVIL PERSON)

a person who does very cruel and evil acts:

To the whole world, he was a monster.

monsteradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmɑn·stər/

monster adjective [ not gradable ] (BIG)

very big, or too big:

a monster shark

(Definition of “monster” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)