ape
Pronunciation Noun

ape (plural apes)

  1. A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
  2. Any such primate other than a human.
  3. (derogatory) An uncivilised person.
  4. One who apes; a foolish imitator.
Translations Translations Verb

ape (apes, present participle aping; past and past participle aped)

  1. (intransitive) To behave like an ape.
  2. (transitive) To imitate or mimic, particularly to imitate poorly.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 454,
      It is not conceived as a mere “aping” in externals nor as an enacting in the sense of assuming a foreign role.
Translations Adjective

ape (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Wild; crazy.
    We were ape over the new look.
    He went ape when he heard the bad news.



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