- The definition of an ape is someone who imitates others.
An example of an ape is a child who is copying another child's behaviors.
- Ape is defined as a primate that is large, lacks a tail, and has arms of great length.
An example of an ape is a chimpanzee.
- To ape is defined as to copy from someone or replicate their words, actions, behaviors or work.
An example of the word ape is when singer Britney Spears accused Christina Aguilera of imitating her musical style.
- To go ape is defined as to be extremely excited about something either in a positive or violent way.
An example of someone going ape is a person at a concert for performer that she adores.
- any gibbon or great ape
- loosely any Old or New World monkey
- a person who imitates; mimic
- a person who is uncouth, gross, clumsy, etc.
Origin of apeMiddle English from Old English apa; akin to German affe from Germanic an unverified form apan, probably from Old Church Slavonic opica
transitive verbaped, ap′ing
- to express unrestrained anger; rage
- to become wildly enthusiastic: often with over
- Any of various tailless Old World primates of the superfamily Hominoidea, including the gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
- Any of various members of this superfamily bearing fur and usually living in the wild, especially orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees, in contrast to humans. Not in scientific use.
- A tailed primate such as a monkey. Not in scientific use.
- A mimic or imitator.
- Informal A clumsy or boorish person.
transitive verbaped, ap·ing, apes
Origin of apeMiddle English from Old English apa
(third-person singular simple present apes, present participle aping, simple past and past participle aped)
From Middle English ape, from Old English apa (“ape, monkey”), from Proto-Germanic *apô (“monkey, ape”), from Proto-Indo-European *abō- (“ape”). Cognate with Scots aip (“ape”), West Frisian aap (“ape”), Dutch aap (“monkey, ape”), Low German Ape (“ape”), German Affe (“monkey, ape”), Swedish apa (“ape”), Icelandic api (“ape”).