- beasts1) N-COUNT You can refer to an animal as a beast, especially if it is a large, dangerous, or unusual one. [LITERARY]
...the threats our ancestors faced from wild beasts.
...a centaur: half man, half beast.2) N-COUNT: usu with supp (disapproval) If you refer to a man as a beast, you mean that his behaviour, especially his sexual behaviour, is very violent and uncontrolled. [JOURNALISM]
...a sex beast who subjected two sisters to a terrifying ordeal.3) N-COUNT; N-VOC (disapproval) If you call someone a beast, you think that they are behaving in a selfish, unkind, or unpleasant way. [INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED]
Bully! Hooligan! Beast! Let me go, let go!4) N-COUNT: usu adj N You can use beast to refer to something or someone in a light-hearted way, and to mention that they have a particular quality.
...that rare beast, a sports movie that isn't boring.Syn:
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Beast — (b[=e]st), n. [OE. best, beste, OF. beste, F. b[^e]te, fr. L. bestia.] 1. Any living creature; an animal; including man, insects, etc. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Any four footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
beast — beast; beast·ie; beast·i·ly; beast·ings; beast·li·ly; beast·li·ness; beast·man; beast·ly; beast·lings; … English syllables
Beast — ist der Name: einer Holzachterbahn, siehe The Beast (Kings Island). eines Gitarren Typs von B.C. Rich, siehe Beast (Gitarre). eines Computerspiels, siehe Shadow of the Beast. eines Buches von Ally Kennen, siehe Beast (Roman). zweier Fernsehserien … Deutsch Wikipedia
beast — [ bist ] noun count ** 1. ) MAINLY LITERARY an animal, especially a dangerous or strange one: a wild beast 2. ) a cruel or immoral person, especially one who behaves in a violent or sexual way a ) INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED used for speaking to… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
beast — [bi:st] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: beste, from Latin bestia] 1.) written an animal, especially a large or dangerous one 2.) old fashioned someone who is cruel or unpleasant ▪ You beast! Let go! 3.) something of a particular type or … Dictionary of contemporary English
beast — (n.) c.1200, from O.Fr. beste animal, wild beast, figuratively fool, idiot (11c., Mod.Fr. bête), from V.L. *besta, from L. bestia beast, wild animal, of unknown origin. Used to translate Latin animal. Replaced O.E. deor (see DEER (Cf. deer)) as… … Etymology dictionary
beast|ly — «BEEST lee», adjective, li|er, li|est, adverb. –adj. 1. like a beast; coarse, dirty, or brutal; vile: »The beastly behavior of the savages frightened their prisoners. 2. Informal. very bad or irritating; unpleasant; … Useful english dictionary
beast — [bēst] n. [ME & OFr beste < L bestia < ? IE base * dheus > DEER] 1. Archaic any animal as distinguished from a human being 2. any large, four footed animal; sometimes, specif., a domesticated animal 3. qualities or impulses like an… … English World dictionary
beast — index animal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
beast — [n] large wild animal; brute barbarian, beastie*, creature, critter*, fiend, gargoyle, glutton, lower animal, monster, monstrosity, pig, quadruped, swine, varmint*; concept 394 … New thesaurus
beast — ► NOUN 1) an animal, especially a large or dangerous mammal. 2) a very cruel or wicked person. ORIGIN Latin bestia … English terms dictionary