from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An animal other than a human, especially a large four-footed mammal.
- n. New England & Southern U.S. A large domestic animal, especially a horse or bull.
- n. Animal nature as opposed to intellect or spirit: "So far the beast in us has insisted upon having its full say” ( William Dean Howells).
- n. A brutal, contemptible person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any animal other than a human; usually only applied to land vertebrates. Especially large or dangerous four-footed ones
- n. A domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal:
- n. A person who behaves in a violent, antisocial or uncivilized manner.
- n. A large and impressive automobile
- n. A sex offender.
- v. to impose arduous exercises, either as training or as punishment.
- adj. great; excellent; powerful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc.
- n. Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport.
- n. any animal other than a human; -- opposed to
- n. Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
- n. A game at cards similar to loo.
- n. A penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to be beaten at beast, omber, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A living being; an animal: in this extended sense now only in dialectal or colloquial use.
- n. Any four-footed animal, as distinguished from fowls, insects, fishes, and man: as, beasts of burden; beasts of the chase; beasts of the forest. It is applied chiefly to large animals.
- n. Any irrational animal, as opposed to man, as in the phrase man and beast, where beast usually means horse.
- n. plural In rural economy, originally all domestic animals, but now only cattle; especially, fatting cattle as distinguished from other animals.
- n. In a limited specific use, a horse: as, my beast is tired out.
- n. Figuratively, a brutal man; a person rude, coarse, filthy, or acting in a manner unworthy of a rational creature.
- n. [In this use also spelled as orig. pron., bāste, ⟨ F. beste, now béte, in same sense.] An old game of cards resembling loo. A penalty or forfeit at this game, and also in ombre and quadrille.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
- n. a cruelly rapacious person
Middle English beste, from Old French, from Latin bēstia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French beste (French: bête), from Latin bēstia ("animal, beast"); many cognates – see bestia#Descendants. (Wiktionary)