And as the Thing listened, its hair bristling, it thrust its villainous, apelike head well forward.
Suspicion growing in his glance, the apelike one continued to eye him.
By the strong amber light of the sun flare Nelson had a vision of the last two warriors swinging in apelike agility to the ground.
On the second table lay a twisted, distorted thing, an apelike body with which fate had played grotesque pranks.
Whether he was generous and heroic as the New Zealander, or apelike and thievish as the Bushman, no ethnologist has yet proved.
The apelike Pascual grumbled, but loyally he followed his arrogant and imperious camarada.
The youthful Civil Guard eyed the apelike Pascual a moment, and then derisively laughed.
Here the watchers saw a glistening back; again, an out-thrust leg, small and crooked, apelike and repulsive.
"Fools and children tell the truth," returned the apelike Pascual, quoting an old Spanish proverb.
He was a short, very thickset little man, with very long arms—a squat, apelike figure.
Old English apa "ape, monkey," from Proto-Germanic *apan (cf. Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Dutch aap, German affe), perhaps borrowed in Proto-Germanic from Celtic (cf. Old Irish apa) or Slavic (cf. Old Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), perhaps ultimately from a non-Indo-European language.
Apes were noted in medieval times for mimicry of human action, hence, perhaps, the other figurative use of the word, to mean "a fool." To go ape (in emphatic form, go apeshit) "go crazy" is 1955, U.S. slang. To lead apes in hell (1570s) was the fancied fate of one who died an old maid.
"to imitate," 1630s, but the notion is implied earlier, e.g. to play the ape (1570s), Middle English apeshipe "ape-like behavior, simulation" (mid-15c.); and the noun sense of "one who mimics" may date from early 13c. Related: Aped; aping.
an animal of the monkey tribe (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). It was brought from India by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram, and was called by the Hebrews _koph_, and by the Greeks _kepos_, both words being just the Indian Tamil name of the monkey, kapi, i.e., swift, nimble, active. No species of ape has ever been found in Palestine or the adjacent regions.