monstrous etymology

English word monstrous comes from Latin monstrum

Detailed word origin of monstrous

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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.
monstrosus Latin (lat)
monstrüos Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
monstrous Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
monstrous English (eng) (obsolete) Marvellous; strange.. Enormously large.. Freakish or grotesque.. Hideous or frightful.. Of, or relating to a mythical monster; full of monsters.

Words with the same origin as monstrous

Descendants of monstrum
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