Monster vs Whangdoodle - What's the difference?

monster | whangdoodle |

As nouns the difference between monster and whangdoodle

is that monster is pattern; that from which a copy is made while whangdoodle is (often|humorous) a whimsical monster in folklore and children's fiction; a bugbear.



Alternative forms

* monstre (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.
  • A bizarre or whimsical creature.
  • The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster .
  • An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal.
  • Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster !
  • A horribly deformed person.
  • * 1837 , Medico-Chirurgical Review (page 465)
  • Deducting then these cases, we have a large proportion of imperfect foetuses, which belonged to twin conceptions, and in which, therefore, the circulation of the monster may have essentially depended on that of the sound child.
  • (figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat.
  • Sit still, you little monster !
  • (informal) Something unusually large.
  • Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters .
  • (informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain.
  • That dude playing guitar is a monster .

    Derived terms

    * Cookie Monster * corporate monster * monstrosity * Frankenstein's monster * the Loch Ness monster * monster truck


  • Very large; worthy of a monster.
  • He has a monster appetite.
    (Alexander Pope)
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  • Synonyms

    * (very large) gigantic, monstrous


    (en verb)
  • To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise.
  • * 1983 , Michael Slater, Dickens and Women , page 290,
  • A Tale of Two Cities'' and ''Great Expectations feature four cases of women monstered by passion. Madame Defarge is ‘a tigress’, Mrs Joe a virago, Molly (Estella?s criminal mother) ‘a wild beast tamed’ and Miss Havisham a witch-like creature, a ghastly combination of waxwork and skeleton.
  • * 2005 , Diana Medlicott, The Unbearable Brutality of Being: Casual Cruelty in Prison and What This Tells Us About Who We Really Are'', Margaret Sönser Breen (editor), ''Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity , page 82,
  • The community forgives: this is in deep contrast to offenders that emerge from prison and remain stigmatised and monstered , often unable to get work or housing.
  • * 2011 , Stephen T. Asma, On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears , page 234,
  • Demonizing or monstering other groups has even become part of the cycle of American politics.
  • To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.
  • * 1968 , , Robert Lowell: A Collection of Critical Essays , page 145,
  • Animals in our world have been monstered' by human action as much as the free beasts of the pre-lapsarian state were ' monstered by the primal crime.
  • * 2009 , Darius Rejali, Torture and Democracy , page 292,
  • In 2002, American interrogators on the ground in Afghanistan developed a technique they called “monstering'.” The commander “instituted a new rule that a prisoner could be kept awake and in the booth for as long as an interrogator could last.” One “' monstering ” interrogator engaged in this for thirty hours.177
  • * 2010 , Joshua E. S. Phillips, None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture , page 39,
  • The interrogators asked members of the 377th Military Police Company to help them with monstering , and the MPs complied.
  • (chiefly, Australia) To harass.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=January 31, author=Leo Schlink, title=Match looms as final for the ages, work=Herald Sun citation
  • , passage=Andy Roddick has been monstered by both Federer and Nadal and suffered a 6-2 7-5 7-5 semi-final loss at the hands of the Swiss champion. }}


    Alternative forms

    * whang-doodle


    (en noun)
  • (often, humorous) A whimsical monster in folklore and children's fiction; a bugbear.
  • * 1901 , Charles M. Snyder, Runaway Robinson , page 53
  • "I'm n-n-not a tor-tor-tortoise," stuttered the curious creature, "I'm a wha-wha-whang-whang-doodle."
    "A whangdoodle ! What's that?"
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter II
  • *:Bob gave the man fair warning. Told him if he ever prowled around his home again he'd better come a–fogging; the man took a chance and now he's where the woodbine twineth and the whangdoodle mourneth for its mate.
  • * 1960' (Aug. 22), "Yarns and Whoppers and Practical Jokes", ''Life'' ' 49 (8): 56
  • In the Big Rock Candy Mountains lies a happy hobo land where the boxcars are all empty, where there are cigaret trees and rock-and-rye springs and the whangdoodle sings.
  • (obsolete) (Term of disparagement)
  • * 1862 , , Mark Twain's letters: 1853-1866 , Volume 1 (published 1987), page 171
  • For a man who can listen for an hour to Mr. White, the whining, nasal, Whangdoodle preacher, and then sit down and write, without shedding melancholy from his pen as water slides from a duck's back, is more than mortal.
  • * 1867 , John Ballou Newbrough, The fall of Fort Sumter, or, Love and war in 1860-61 , page 131
  • and I want you to conflumux everything got up by Mrs. Davis or Miss Lane, or any other of these political whangdoodles .
  • * 1928' (Mar.), Martin Bunn, "When You Buy a Car", ''Popular Science'' ' 112 (3): 138
  • "Now, Ben, you're a lawyer. You don't give a whang-doodle about anything mechanical."
  • (poker) A ruling in which the opening stake limits are doubled for the next play after the appearance of a very good hand.
  • * 1940 , Clement Wood & Gloria Goddard, The Complete Book of Games , page 296
  • It is sometimes agreed in advance that after a hand of certain rank, such as Four of a Kind or a Full House, is shown, a Whangdoodle or Jackpot must be played


    * (whimsical monster) bogeyman, bugbear, gremlin


    * (whimsical monster) monster

    Coordinate terms

    * (poker) jackpot