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ape

[eyp] /eɪp/
noun
1.
any of a group of anthropoid primates characterized by long arms, a broad chest, and the absence of a tail, comprising the family Pongidae (great ape) which includes the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan, and the family Hylobatidae (lesser ape) which includes the gibbon and siamang.
2.
(loosely) any primate except humans.
3.
an imitator; mimic.
4.
Informal. a big, ugly, clumsy person.
verb (used with object), aped, aping.
5.
to imitate; mimic:
to ape another's style of writing.
Idioms
6.
go ape, Slang. to become violently emotional:
When she threatened to leave him, he went ape.
7.
go ape over, Slang. to be extremely enthusiastic about:
They go ape over old rock music.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English apa; cognate with Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Old High German affo (German Affe)
Related forms
apelike, adjective
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Examples for apes
  • And the great apes suffered the same fate a few centuries later.
  • It occurs, so far as is known, only in human beings and perhaps their closest relatives among the higher apes.
  • In the process of observing the behavior and progress of these apes, the visitor is stimulated to think in news ways.
  • Dogs and horses can learn to respond to vocal commands, and some apes can be taught a primitive sign language.
  • Humans have been perfecting it since evolving from apes or being made from a rib or what ever you believe.
  • When sorting photos of humans and apes, he placed his own photo among the humans.
  • Scientists are claiming that human beings are descended from apes.
  • He has looked, in particular, at the interactions between zoo-held apes and local birds and small mammals.
  • One of the more imaginative theories is that humans were once aquatic apes.
  • In particular, researchers have long debated whether the apes fight for land, or for females.
British Dictionary definitions for apes

ape

/eɪp/
noun
1.
any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absent See anthropoid ape See also great ape
2.
(not in technical use) any monkey
3.
an imitator; mimic
4.
(US, informal) a coarse, clumsy, or rude person
verb
5.
(transitive) to imitate
Derived Forms
apelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo
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Word Origin and History for apes
ape
O.E. apa, from P.Gmc. *apan (cf. O.S. apo, O.N. api, Du. aap, Ger. affe), perhaps borrowed in P.Gmc. from Celtic (cf. O.Ir. apa) or Slavic (cf. O.Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), probably ult. from a non-I.E. language. The verb "to imitate" (1630s) is implied in to play the ape (1570s), and the noun sense of "one who mimics" may date from early 13c. Aping "imitation" is recorded from 1680s. Ape-man, hypothetical "missing link," is from 1879, in a translation of Haeckel. 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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for apes

ape

adjective
  1. (also ape-shit) Stupid and destructive; irrational; berserk: You acted like you were ape, pounding the wall
  2. (also ape-shit) Very enthusiastic; highly excited; bananas: He's ape about my new car
noun
  1. A black person
  2. The best or greatest; the ultimate: Her paintings are truly ape (Beat talk & rock and roll)
  3. An especially strong and pugnacious hoodlum; a strong-arm man or muscle man; goon, gorilla
Related Terms

go ape, house ape, rug rat


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Related Abbreviations for apes

APE

acute pulmonary edema
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apes in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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