Meaning of full monty in English:

full monty

Pronunciation /ˈmɒnti/


informal British the full monty
  • 1The full amount expected, desired, or possible.

    • ‘when conducting a funeral he wears the full monty: frock coat, top hat and a Victorian cane’
    • ‘I'm not certain whether shareholders can expect the full monty through their letterboxes, but they might think about clearing a space just in case.’
    • ‘I was going for the really basic medical check, rather than the full monty, mainly as it was the cheapest option.’
    • ‘It had hairpin bends and was in the blaze of the midday sun - the full monty as far as mountains go.’
    • ‘He wants the full monty - and he'd even pay for it.’
    • ‘I think I'll treat her to the full monty at the car wash tomorrow.’
    • ‘Next day, I couldn't resist the pull of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and cooked up the full monty.’
    • ‘On another wall an assortment of breakfasts from the full monty to the modest vegetarian was advertised.’
    • ‘Norway's sprinting squad has gone the full monty for charity.’
    • ‘For the full monty, you'd have to look at how the Consumer Credit Act (and subsequent regulations) says it has to be done.’
    • ‘The meal was the full monty ending up with cheese and a port of which I had several glasses.’
    everything, the full treatment
  • 2A striptease performance involving full nudity, especially by a man.

    • ‘the famous final scene where the characters do the full monty and strip naked’


1970s of uncertain origin. Among various (unsubstantiated) theories, one cites the phrase the full Montague Burton, apparently meaning ‘a complete three-piece suit’ (from the name of a tailor of made-to-measure clothing in the early 20th century); another recounts the possibility of a military usage, the full monty being ‘the full cooked English breakfast’ insisted upon by Field Marshal Montgomery. In full monty (sense 2) the term was popularized by the 1997 film The Full Monty.