Ape Definition

āp
aped, apes, aping
noun
apes
Any gibbon or great ape.
Webster's New World
Any Old or New World monkey.
Webster's New World
A person who imitates; mimic.
Webster's New World
A mimic or imitator.
American Heritage
A person who is uncouth, gross, clumsy, etc.
Webster's New World
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verb
aped, apes, aping
To imitate or mimic, especially in a thoughtless or inept way.
American Heritage
To imitate or mimic.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
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.
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(intransitive) To behave like an ape.

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adjective
We were ape over the new look.
He went ape when he heard the bad news.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
idiom
go ape
  • To become wildly excited or angry:

    went ape at the party; went ape when she saw the parking ticket.

American Heritage
go ape
  • to express unrestrained anger; rage
  • to become wildly enthusiastic
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ape

Noun

Singular:
ape
Plural:
apes

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Origin of Ape

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English apa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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