• (GA) IPA: /ˈmɑnstɹəs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmɒnstɹəs/


  1. Hideous or frightful.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      So bad a death argues a monstrous life.
  2. Enormously large.
    a monstrous height
    a monstrous ox
  3. Freakish or grotesque.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 3, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      The irregular and monstrous births
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The rule and exercises of holy living
      He, therefore, that refuses to do good to them whom he is bound to love […] is unnatural and monstrous in his affections.
  4. Of, or relating to a mythical monster; full of monsters.
    • 1637, John Milton, “Lycidas”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      Where thou, perhaps, under the whelming tide / Visitest the bottom of the monstrous world.
  5. (obsolete) Marvellous; strange.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: чудо́вищный
  • Spanish: monstruoso

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