Monkey meaning

mŭngkē
The definition of a monkey is a mammal belonging to the order Primates or a person with mischievous or child-like behavior.

An example of a monkey is an animal found in the zoo eating bananas.

An example of a monkey is a child who is being very silly.

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To imitate or mimic; ape.
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The iron block of a pile driver.
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To play, fiddle, trifle, or tamper with something.

Who was monkeying with my cell phone?

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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person with dark skin.
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A person regarded as somehow like a monkey, as a mischievous or imitative child.
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(informal) To play, fool, trifle, or meddle.
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Any of various mechanical devices, as the iron block raised and dropped in a pile driver.
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Any of various tailed primates of the suborder Anthropoidea, including the macaques, baboons, capuchins, and marmosets, and excluding the apes.
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A nonhuman ape. Not in scientific use.
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Any member of the clade Simiiformes not also of the clade Hominoidea containing humans and apes, from which they are usually, but not universally, distinguished by smaller size, a tail, and cheek pouches.
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(informal) A mischievous child.

Stop misbehaving, you little monkey!

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(slang) A person who is mocked, duped, or made to appear a fool.

They made a monkey out of him.

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To behave in a mischievous or apish manner.

Stop monkeying around!

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(UK, slang) Five hundred pounds sterling.
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(slang) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.
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(slang) A person with minimal intelligence and/or (bad) looks.
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(blackjack) A face card.
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(slang) A menial employee who does a repetitive job.
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The weight or hammer of a pile driver; a heavy mass of iron, which, being raised high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.
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A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
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(informal) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle.

Please don't monkey with the controls if you don't know what you're doing.

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One who behaves in a way suggestive of a monkey, as a mischievous child or a mimic.
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The fur of some species of long-haired monkeys.
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monkey on one's back
  • An addiction to a drug.
  • An object of persistent worry or obsession.
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(slang) a monkey on one's back
  • addiction to a drug
  • any trying, burdensome obsession, problem, etc.
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make a monkey (out) of
  • to make appear foolish or laughable
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of monkey

  • Origin unknown

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

  • From Middle Low German Moneke (compare Old French Monequin), name of the son of Martin the Ape in Reynard the Fox, from Old Spanish mona 'mona monkey', shortening of mamona, variant of maimón, from Arabic ميمون (maimūn) 'monkey', literally 'blessed', used to ward off the monkey's bad luck.

    From Wiktionary