Monster etymology


English word monster comes from Latin moneo (I remind. I warn, advise.), Latin -trum (Forming instrument nouns.)

Etymology of monster

Detailed word origin of monster

Dictionary entry Language Definition
moneo Latin (lat) I remind. I warn, advise.
-trum Latin (lat) Forming instrument nouns.
monstrum Latin (lat) (figuratively) a thing that evokes fear and wonder. (metonymically) a monster, monstrosity, whether in size or character. A divine omen indicating misfortune, an evil omen, portent.
moustre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
monstre Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
monster English (en) (figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat.. (gaming) a non-player character player(s) fight against in role-playing game. (informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.. (informal) Something unusually large.. (medicine, archaic) A horribly deformed person.. A bizarre or whimsical creature.. A terrifying and dangerous creature.. An extremely cruel or antisocial person, [...]

Words with the same origin as monster

Descendants of -trum