Definition of behemoth in English:



  • 1A huge or monstrous creature.

    • ‘Standing in the water, working like a tug, I maneuvered these hundred-foot behemoths against the banks and anchored them to the brush with yellow rope while Radish took rides on their backs.’
    • ‘A huge rock behemoth, large grey boulders formed its head and feet.’
    • ‘This, he thinks, can be done by boosting whale-watching tours in the Lower St. Lawrence, which, if done properly, is both a good cash source for the region and a respectful way of looking at marine behemoths in their natural habitat.’
    • ‘The door slowly opened and Skye found herself face to face with a behemoth of a creature.’
    • ‘David was still on the ground, but had managed to get around to the behemoth's giant tail.’
    • ‘Harder depicts the whale as a fearsome monster, a silent behemoth that rules the seas.’
    • ‘In the middle of it all stood a giant fighting with three other only slightly smaller behemoths.’
    • ‘After that the behemoths roam farther and farther from the mountains, and the people come out to hunt.’
    • ‘A huge behemoth stumped through the side of the house, carefully splashing a thin, clear watery substance from a large can onto the house.’
    • ‘He landed on the back of the behemoth as a monster of equal size.’
    • ‘One of the ancillary reasons, Hall decided to visit Assam was because he wanted to see if he could find the fabled graveyard of elephants - the final resting place these behemoths head towards when they sense the end was near.’
    • ‘The monstrous behemoth of white had come out of nowhere as well, throwing Josh off track.’
    • ‘We stayed well to the right of the channel, but still, whenever one of these behemoths plowed past, two minutes later a three-foot wave would hurl us sideways.’
    • ‘Horses are huge, haunch heavy behemoths, built for speed and damn near poetry in motion.’
    • ‘Seigi's first blow bounced off the monster's big jawbone, doing nothing to phase the behemoth.’
    • ‘The soldier grinned and latched his wrists to the enormous death behemoth.’
    • ‘In the land of the giants, only the biggest behemoths rule.’
    • ‘I am afraid of becoming crushed, but the giant behemoths recognize my presence and leave a place for me to wheel through to get to the disappearing form of my lady.’
    • ‘The mountains themselves appeared the spiny backbones or monstrous prehistoric behemoths that were buried in thousands of layers of earth, and trying in vain to free themselves.’
    monster, brute, beast, giant, colossus, mountain, leviathan, mammoth, monstrosity
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    1. 1.1 Something enormous, especially a big and powerful organization.
      ‘shoppers are now more loyal to their local stores than to faceless behemoths’
      as modifier ‘behemoth telephone companies’
      • ‘Then, with a thunderous roar that spread across the entire mountain, the rocky behemoth tore apart.’
      • ‘Small, independent broadcasters cannot possibly compete with media behemoths controlling 40 percent or more of the market share in any given city.’
      • ‘There are huge economies of scale in building and maintaining these behemoths.’
      • ‘Most big cities have one or two old monsters, but New York still has dozens, and the scale of these behemoths is all the more impressive when you consider that they were built nearly one hundred years ago.’
      • ‘It is also a good way to obscure a behemoth like the Colossus that overlooks your patio from your neighbor's yard.’
      • ‘It was formed millions of years ago when India slowly crashed into Asia, giving rise to the Himalaya mountains and other rocky behemoths that form Tibet's borders on three sides.’
      • ‘It's interesting just to list the predecessor organizations included in a few European-owned behemoths.’
      • ‘At one point, these huge behemoths were filled to the brim with foodstuffs, but now considered a safe haven for those unfortunate not to have a home to call upon.’
      • ‘Small, family owned and private companies need to be structured in a different way than huge, multi-product, multi-market, high-tech behemoths.’
      • ‘And if he wins, he allows the free market to energize and renew a huge creaky behemoth.’
      • ‘Today's and tomorrow's business behemoths succeed not because they are strategy experts, but because they inspire, empathise and, most importantly, can adapt skills we are unlikely to have learnt in the classroom.’
      • ‘The same goes for protection of the individual's right to clean environment, which is being constantly polluted by the ever-expanding industrial behemoths.’
      • ‘There are some good pictures there, and they vary in scale between small A4 sized prints to huge behemoths that only just fit on the wall.’
      • ‘Even the biggest unions lack the resources for tackling such behemoths or for organizing whole industries on the scale needed for very fast growth.’
      • ‘The potential for delivering music via the Web is huge, so it's no wonder these two behemoths would scrap over it.’
      • ‘They are inefficient, gas-guzzling, polluting behemoths.’
      • ‘You mean the huge corporate behemoths have been lying to us?’
      • ‘We are also able to attract high-quality people because we are different organisations from the behemoths.’
      • ‘Mergers are leading to behemoths with ever-increasing power.’
      • ‘Do these actions - pinpricks on the hides of huge corporate behemoths - have any broader meaning?’


Late Middle English: from Hebrew bĕhēmōṯ, intensive plural of bĕhēmāh ‘beast’.