Ape meaning

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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.

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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.
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A mimic or imitator.
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A clumsy or boorish person.
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To imitate or mimic, especially in a thoughtless or inept way.
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Any gibbon or great ape.
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Any Old or New World monkey.
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A person who imitates; mimic.
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A person who is uncouth, gross, clumsy, etc.
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To imitate or mimic.
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Any of various tailless Old World primates of the superfamily Hominoidea, including the gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
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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.
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A tailed primate such as a monkey. Not in scientific use.
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The file extension of a Monkey's Audio music file. See Monkey's Audio.
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(zoology) A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
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Any such primate other than a human.
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(derogatory) An uncivilised person.
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(intransitive) To behave like an ape.
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We were ape over the new look.

He went ape when he heard the bad news.

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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.

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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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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.

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Any of various tailless Old World primates of the superfamily Hominoidea, including the gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
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A tailed primate such as a monkey. Not in scientific use.
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go ape
  • To become wildly excited or angry:.
    Went ape at the party; went ape when she saw the parking ticket.
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go ape
  • To express unrestrained anger; rage.
  • To become wildly enthusiastic.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of ape

  • Middle English from Old English apa

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

  • 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