Definitions

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 man.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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  • Means "twenty" in Iranian.

    July 13, 2009

  • "Half-man, half-monster and the biggest thing to hit the Gladiator Arena by far, The Beast leaves every contender who faces him a changed man forever.

    Beyond big, badder than bad and absolutely immovable, The Beast competes without an ounce of mercy and obliterates everything unlucky enough to cross his path."

    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008