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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑnstɹəs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɒnstɹəs/
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- Hyphenation: mon‧strous
- 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.
- Enormously large.
- a monstrous height
- 1901 December 20, “The Ringing of Plants”, in The Agricultural Journal and Mining Record, volume 4, number 21, page 663:
- Possibly monster pumpkins may become still more monstrous by the shoots being ringed, and so may other vegetables and fruits where quality is of less importance than mere size.
- Freakish or grotesque.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 3, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for 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.
- Of, or relating to a mythical monster; full of monsters.
- (obsolete) Marvellous; exceedingly strange; fantastical.
- See also Thesaurus:gigantic
hideous or frightful
freakish or grotesque
of, or relating to a mythical monster
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