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ape

[eyp]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English apa; cognate with Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Old High German affo (German Affe)

apelike, adjective
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ape (eɪp)
 
n
1.  See anthropoid ape See also great ape any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absent
2.  (not in technical use) any monkey
3.  an imitator; mimic
4.  informal (US) a coarse, clumsy, or rude person
 
vb
5.  (tr) to imitate
 
[Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo]
 
'apelike
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
APE
acute pulmonary edema
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Bible Dictionary

Ape definition


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.

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Idioms & Phrases

go ape

Become wildly excited or enthusiastic. For example, The audience went ape over the band. This idiom is a modern version of the older go berserk. It fancifully equates frenzy with an ape's behavior. [Second half of 1900s] Also see go bananas.

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