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Animal appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Laminate pet animal.
  • Laminated E.T. animal.
  • Laminae now assume emus saw one animal.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun animal:

spoken English28.82%written English71.18%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun animal:


Animal is sometimes a misspelling of animals or annum.

The word animal is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun animal

What does animal mean as a name of something?

Animal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: animals

  1. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonyms of animal: animate being / beast / brute / creature / fauna
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • more specific terms:
      • pest = any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
      • critter = a regional term for `creature'
      • creepy-crawly = an animal that creeps or crawls
      • darter = a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly
      • peeper = an animal that makes short high-pitched sounds
      • homoiotherm / homeotherm / homotherm = an animal that has a body temperature that is relatively constant and independent of the environmental temperature
      • poikilotherm / ectotherm = an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings
      • range animal = any animal that lives and grazes in the grassy open land of western North America
      • varment / varmint = any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable
      • scavenger = any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
      • work animal = an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
      • domesticated animal / domestic animal = any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
      • feeder = an animal that feeds on a particular source of food
      • migrator = an animal (especially birds and fish) that travels between different habitats at particular times of the year
      • moulter / molter = an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer
      • pet = a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
      • stayer = a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance
      • stunt = a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth
      • marine creature / marine animal / sea creature / sea animal = any of numerous animals inhabiting the sea including e.g. fishes and molluscs and many mammals
      • female = an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes
      • male = an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes
      • adult = any mature animal
      • offspring / young = any immature animal
      • thoroughbred / pureblood / purebred = a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage
      • giant = any creature of exceptional size
      • survivor = an animal that survives in spite of adversity
      • mutant = an animal that has undergone mutation
      • herbivore = any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants
      • insectivore = any organism that feeds mainly on insects
      • acrodont = an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
      • pleurodont = an animal having teeth fused with the inner surface of the alveolar ridge without sockets
      • zooplankton = animal constituent of plankton
      • fertilized egg / conceptus / embryo = an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
      • chordate = any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
      • invertebrate = any animal lacking a backbone or notochord
      • metazoan = any animal of the subkingdom Metazoa
      • omnivore = an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances
      • predatory animal / predator = any animal that lives by preying on other animals
      • quarry / prey = animal hunted or caught for food
      • game = animal hunted for food or sport
      • hexapod = an animal having six feet
      • biped = an animal with two feet
      • larva = the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
      • racer = an animal that races
      • fictional animal = animals that exist only in fiction
      • captive = an animal that is confined
      • mate = the partner of an animal
    • parts:
      • caput / head = the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals
      • face = the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
    • member of: animal kingdom / Animalia / kingdom Animalia = taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
    • substance: animal tissue = the tissue in the bodies of animals

Alternative definition of the noun animal


  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human being.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not birds, fishes, insects etc)
  4. [figuratively] A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
  5. [informal] A person of a particular type.

Definition of the adjective animal

What does animal mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more animal / most animal

  1. marked by the appetites and passions of the body
    • example: animal instincts
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of animal: carnal / fleshly / sensual
    • similar: physical

Alternative definition of the adjective animal


  1. Of or relating to animals.
  2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
  3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
  4. [slang, Ireland] Excellent.


  1. Animal a.k.a. Frank Oz is an English-born American film director, puppeteer, and actor who created and performed the Muppet characters Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear along with Jim Henson in The Muppet Show, as well as Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. His work as a film director includes 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, 1991's comedy What About Bob?, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is also the puppeteer and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars film series.
  2. animal a.k.a. Shaun White: Shaun Roger White is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the X-Games records for gold medals and highest overall medal count, and has won 10 ESPY Awards.
  3. Animal a.k.a. Zac Hanson: Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson is an American musician, best known as a member of the pop rock band Hanson. He plays drums, percussion, piano, guitar and also sings back-up and lead vocals. He was the lead singer on "Go", the second single from The Walk.
  4. Animal a.k.a. Eric Jacobson is an American puppeteer best known for performing the Muppet characters; Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle for Disney's The Muppets Studio, as well as Sesame Street characters Bert and Grover—all roles that he assumed from the characters' original performer Frank Oz.
  5. Animal a.k.a. Brad Lesley: Bradley Jay Lesley was an American professional athlete turned actor and media personality. Lesley was an especially imposing physical figure, standing 6 ft 6 in and weighing 230 lb. Nicknamed "The Animal", he was known for his aggressive style to motivate himself.
  6. Animal a.k.a. Moe Keale: Wilfred Nalani "Moe" Keale was a musician of Hawaiian music, a ukulele virtuoso, and an American actor. He was uncle to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
  7. Animal a.k.a. Longineu W. Parsons III: Longineu W. "LP" Parsons III is a French-born American rock musician. He is best known for being the former drummer for the American pop punk band Yellowcard.
  8. Animal: Dave Maltby is a member of the musical group Dog Eat Dog.
    • also known as Maltby, Dave; Dave Maltby
    • profession: Drummer
    • member of musical group Dog Eat Dog (Drums)

There are other people with in their name, like Animal Man, Techno Animal, Animal Prufrock, The Rhyme Animal, Road Warrior Animal.


Animal is a UK action sports lifestyle brand based in Poole, England. The company was created in 1987, by two surfers looking for a solution to continuously losing their watches in the water due to the straps breaking under extreme conditions.


Animal is the wild and frenzied drummer of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the fictional band from The Muppet Show. He is one of the Muppets originally created by Michael K. Frith.


"Animal" is a non-fiction coffee table book edited by David Burnie, who was the main-editor, and several co-authors. The full title of the book is: Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to The World's WildLife. The 624-page book was published by Dorling Kindersley in 2001. The book is printed in full gloss paper and has numerous, full-color pictures.

  • language: English Language
  • author: Roger Priddy
  • genre: Nature
  • subject: Animal
  • released on (14 years ago)


  1. "Animal" is a 2014 American horror thriller film that was directed by Brett Simmons. The film was given a limited theatrical and VOD release on June 17, 2014, and will be released on the Chiller Network later in the same year. The movie stars Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Gillies, Keke Palmer, and Joey Lauren Adams. The film was shot in Manchester, Connecticut. It follows a group of friends that find themselves terrorized by a bloodthirsty beast.
  2. "Animal" a.k.a. "Jaanwar" is a Bollywood gangster drama film directed by Suneel Darshan, released on 24 December, 1999. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty in pivotal roles. The Films was a huge critically and commercially successful film of that year and it is known for reviving Akshay Kumar's career when he was going through a rough patch.
  3. "Animal" a.k.a. "The Animal" is a 2001 comedy film, starring Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, Ed Asner, and John C. McGinley.
  4. "Animal" is a 2005 direct-to-video film starring Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Jim Brown and Chazz Palminteri. It was directed by David J. Burke and written by David C. Johnson. The film's profits were the subject of a lawsuit against the film's distributor, DEJ Productions. The case was still active into the year 2011. It was followed up by a 2008 sequel, Animal 2. The story of the William Lynch speech is mentioned in the movie, and passed on from father to son to grandson. The movie holds that the story is factual.
  5. "Animal" a.k.a. "The Animal" is an award-nominated film, directed by Claude Zidi and written by Michel Audiard, Dominique Fabre, Claude Zidi.
  6. "Animal": Animalada is a 2001 Argentine black comedy film directed and written by Sergio Bizzio.
  7. "Animal" is a 2012 short drama film written and directed by Joon-sang Lee.
  8. "Animal" is a short film, directed by Danyang Wang, Benoit Dulac, Oriane Mulleras El Atmani, Benoit Viougeas, Julien Jude & Laura Foglino.
  9. "Animal" is a short film, written and directed by Mario J. Ramos.


"Animal" is a video game starring the Peperami character, voiced by Ade Edmondson. It is a point-and-click adventure puzzle game that also includes a 'shoot 'em up' component, called 'eat-em-up' since the game is set in a universe in which food products are personified. It is an early example of advergaming.


  1. "Animal" is the debut studio album by American pop singer Kesha. The album was released on January 1, 2010, by RCA Records. Kesha worked with a variety of producers and writers such as Lukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, and others. Kesha had been recording demos for several years when one eventually ended up in the hands of Samantha Cox, senior director of writer/publisher relations at BMI. Cox passed along the demo and it ended up in the hands of Gottwald, who decided to have Kesha perform on the song "Right Round". Within two months, the song became a hit in multiple countries around the world. The event led to Kesha being sought after by many major labels, and she eventually signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records.
    • also known as 派對動物
    • genres: Dance-pop, Synthpop, Pop rock, Electropop
    • released on (6 years ago)
    • some of the awards:
        • Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Album Pop nomination for Kesha
        • Juno Award for International Album of the Year nomination for Kesha
        • Echo Award for Best International Newcomer nomination for Kesha
        • Billboard Music Award for Top Pop Album nomination for Kesha
  2. "Animal" is the lead single from Neon Trees' debut album Habits. It debuted in October 2009 at #100 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has reached a peak of #13 in its 22nd week on the chart. In Canada, the song debuted at number 95 on the Canadian Hot 100 and has climbed to No. 29. The song has reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart after 32 weeks, making "Animal" their first number-one song on a Billboard chart. This also broke the record for the longest length of time for a song to get to the top of that list after entering. The song reached number two on the Billboard Rock Songs chart. In one of the music videos of the song, the band is destroying an art gallery. On May 22, 2011, the song won Top Alternative Song in the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
  3. "Animal" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released in 1994 as the third single from the band's second studio album, Vs.. Although credited to all members of Pearl Jam, it features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music primarily written by guitarist Stone Gossard. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror.
  4. "Animal" is a Euro-House track by German Dance-Band R.I.O., featuring vocals from Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop singer U-Jean. The song was written by Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter and Andres Ballinas. It was released in Germany as a digital download on 2 December 2011. The song's chorus features a re-creation of the synth riff from Levels by Avicii while R.I.O. and U-Jean overdub a new vocal hook.
  5. "Animal" is a song recorded by English hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. It was the 2nd single release off the album, and became the band's first Top 10 hit in their native UK, reaching No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
  6. "Animal" is a song performed by Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow. It was released as the first single from the band's 2009 self-titled debut album on 17 February 2009 through Columbia and Downtown Records. Written by the band alongside Henrik Jonback, "Animal" is a pop song with instrumentation provided by horns and staccato synthesizers. Lead singer Andrew Wyatt has explained that it has an ambiguous meaning; its lyrics can be interpreted as dealing with matters such as addiction, basic instincts or dissatisfaction when one's needs are not met by society.
  7. "Animal" is a song by British singer Conor Maynard from his debut studio album, Contrast. It was released as the album's fourth single as a digital download on 20 January 2013, it features vocals from English rapper, MC, songwriter, record producer and recording artist Wiley. The song was written by Conor Maynard, The Invisible Men, Sophie Stern, Kurtis McKenzie, Joey Dyer, Jon Mills and produced by The Invisible Men, The Arcade. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 34 on 20 January 2013, climbing twenty-eight places the following week to number 6, becoming Maynard's third highest-charting single.
  8. "Animal" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  9. "Animal" is a single released by R.E.M. It was one of two new songs recorded for the band's Warner Bros. Records "best of" album, In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, and was released as a single in support of the album.
  10. "Animal" is a composition.
  11. "Animal" is the first single from Australian alternative rock band Jebediah's second studio album, Of Someday Shambles. It was released on 9 August 1999 and reached number 16 on the Australian ARIA Singles Charts.
  12. "Animal" is the third and last studio album by American death metal band Animosity, released in 2007.
  13. "Animal" is the third and final album by Australian post-grunge band Motor Ace, released in 2005. A more reflective CD, it had less emphasis on upbeat rock and was heralded by critics as Motor Ace's most mature work yet.
  14. "Animal" is a musical album of Sweatmaster.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  15. "Animal" is a musical album of Skazi.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  16. "Animal" is the 1994 single album by Pearl Jam.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  17. "Animal" is the 1987 single by Def Leppard.
    • released in (29 years ago)


  1. Animal is a restaurant located in Los Angeles, United States, and known for its bacon dishes. The restaurant opened in the spring of 2008.
  2. Animal: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience is an academic journal established February 2007 and published monthly by Cambridge University Press.
  3. Animal is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.
  4. ANIMAL is an interactive environment for image processing that is oriented toward the rapid prototyping, testing, and modification of algorithms. To create ANIMAL, XLISP of David Betz was extended with some new types: sockets, arrays, images, masks, and drawables.

Phrases with Animal

Phrases starting with the word Animal:

  1. animal fat
  2. animal leg
  3. animal oil
  4. Animal Food
  5. animal foot
  6. animal glue
  7. animal skin
  8. Animal-Like
  9. animal black
  10. animal fiber
  11. animal fibre
  12. Animal Fries
  13. animal group
  14. animal order

Phrases ending with the word Animal:

  1. sea animal
  2. farm animal
  3. moss animal
  4. pack animal
  5. Wild animal
  6. work animal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Animal

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare (2013)

by Marc Bekoff, Carron A. Meaney

This is a representative list1 of organizations that provide humane education materials directly pertaining to animals or that have information materials related to animal welfare available, either for the asking or for a fee. Space does not allow a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Schizophrenia (2014)

Focus on Management Options by W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, Ian P. Stolerman

PAUL WILLNER Department ofPsychology, School ofHuman Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, UK Synonyms Animal models of psychopathology Behavioral models of psychopathology Simulations of psychopathology Definition ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

ADDICTION Drug/substance abuse Acute Dependence Alcoholism Animal Models of Behavior: Alcohol Addiction Antisocial Substance Dependence Brain Imaging and Addiction Brain Stimulation and Addiction Cellular Plasticity in Cocaine ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Quotations in Cognitive Science (2000)

A Treasury of Quotations in Psychology, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence by Morton Wagman

ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE A New Insight Consists of a Recombination of Pre- existent Mediating Properties The insightful act is an excellent example of something that is not learned, but still depends on learning. It is not learned, since it can be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2004)

by Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman

Thus, each cloned animal shares the same nuclear genetics as the original donor cell. The donor cells may be derived from embryos or somatic tissues, most notably from adults. The efficiency of NT, especially with somatic cells, is quite low, ...

Google previewCultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism (2010)

by Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz

Animal Liberation. Rev. ed. New York: Ecco, 2002, pp. 98–105. animal feeding operations, and for research, is morally wrong. This is because the interests that factory farm and research animals have in avoiding the pain and suffering they are ...

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Quotes about Animal

The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society. (Karl Marx)
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Scrabble value of A1N1I1M3A1L1

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