monkey


monkey
monkey [muŋ′kē]
n.
pl. monkeys [Early ModE, prob. < or akin to MLowG Moneke, name applied in the beast epic Reynard the Fox to the son of Martin the Ape < Fr or Sp mona, ape < ? Ar maimūn, ape, lit., lucky (euphemism: the ape was regarded as the devil) + LowG -ke, -KIN]
1.
a) any of several families of Old and New World primates usually having a flat, hairless face and a long tail
b) loosely any of other, similar primates, as a gibbon or chimpanzee
2. the fur of some species of long-haired monkeys
3. a person regarded as somehow like a monkey, as a mischievous or imitative child
4. any of various mechanical devices, as the iron block raised and dropped in a pile driver
vi.
Informal to play, fool, trifle, or meddle: often followed by around, with, or around with
vt.
Rare to mimic; ape
to mimic; ape
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☆ a monkey on one's back Slang
1. addiction to a drug
2. any trying, burdensome obsession, problem, etc.
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☆ make a monkey out of or make a monkey of
to make appear foolish or laughable

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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