Definition of "monstrous" [mon•strous]

  • Shockingly hideous or frightful. (adjective)
  • Exceptionally large; enormous: a monstrous tidal wave. (adjective)
  • Deviating greatly from the norm in appearance or structure; abnormal. (adjective)
  • Of or resembling a fabulous monster. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "monstrous" in a sentence
  • "If I were assembling an all-star touring band called "The Monsters of Jazz," the first guy I'd call would be James Carter: At 42, the saxophonist has chops, technique, concepts and energy enough to justify several definitions of the term "monstrous.""
  • "He said he saw the car, a red four-door, coming and the "spreader," which he called a "monstrous vehicle," locked up its brakes and "was deafening, just screeching.""
  • "Tennis star Martina Hingis (ph) abruptly retired today while denying what she called monstrous accusations that she tested positive for cocaine during this year's Wimbledon Tennis Tournament."