Definitions for MONKEYˈmʌŋ ki

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mon•key*ˈmʌŋ ki(n.)(pl.)

  1. any mammal of two major groupings of Primates, the Old World monkeys or catarrhines, and the New World monkeys or platyrrhines, both characterized by flattened faces, binocular vision, and usu. long tails.

    Category: Mammals

  2. the fur of certain long-haired monkeys.

  3. a mischievous, agile child. fool; dupe.

  4. (v.i.)Informal. to trifle idly; fool (often fol. by around or with).

    Category: Informal

  5. (v.t.)to imitate; mimic.

Idioms for monkey:

  1. make a monkey (out) of,to cause to appear ridiculous; make a fool of.

    Category: Idiom

  2. monkey on one's back, Slang. an addiction to a drug. a burdensome problem, situation, or responsibility.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage), Idiom

* –keys, v..

Origin of monkey:

1520–30; appar. < LG; cf. MLG Moneke (name of son of Martin the Ape in the story of Reynard) =mone- (akin to Sp, Pg mono ape) +-ke dim. suffix

mon′key•ish•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. monkey(noun)

    any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians)

  2. imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag(verb)

    one who is playfully mischievous

  3. tamper, fiddle, monkey(verb)

    play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

    "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts"

  4. putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around(verb)

    do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

    "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. monkey(noun)ˈmʌŋ ki

    an animal with a long tail and human-like hands that lives in trees

Wiktionary

  1. monkey(Noun)

    Any of several members of the infra-order Simiiformes of primates, generally smaller than the apes, and distinguished from them by having a tail and cheek pouches.

  2. monkey(Noun)

    A mischievous child.

    Stop misbehaving, you little monkey!

  3. monkey(Noun)

    Five hundred pounds sterling.

  4. monkey(Noun)

    A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.

  5. monkey(Noun)

    A person with minimal intelligence and/or (bad) looks.

  6. monkey(Noun)

    A face card.

  7. monkey(Noun)

    A menial employee who does a repetitive job.

  8. monkey(Verb)

    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.

  9. Origin: From Moneke (compare Monequin), name of the son of Martin the Ape in Reynard the Fox, from Old mona 'mona monkey', shortening of mamona, variant of maimón, from ميمون (maimūn) 'monkey', literally 'blessed', used to ward off the monkey's bad luck.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monkey(noun)

    in the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs

  2. Monkey(noun)

    any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs

  3. Monkey(noun)

    any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons

  4. Monkey(noun)

    a term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a mischievous child

  5. Monkey(noun)

    the weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging

  6. Monkey(noun)

    a small trading vessel of the sixteenth century

  7. Monkey

    to act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner

Freebase

  1. Monkey

    A monkey is a primate of the Haplorrhini suborder and simian infraorder, either an Old World monkey or a New World monkey, but excluding apes and humans. There are about 260 known living species of monkey. Many are arboreal, although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent. Unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails. Tailless monkeys may be called "apes", incorrectly according to modern usage; thus the tailless Barbary macaque is called the "Barbary ape". The New World monkeys are classified within the parvorder of Platyrrhini, whereas the Old World monkeys form part of the parvorder Catarrhini, which also includes the hominoids. Thus, as Old World monkeys are more closely related to hominoids than they are to New World monkeys, the monkeys are not a unitary group.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MONKEY' in Nouns Frequency: #2866


Translations for MONKEY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

monkey(noun)

an animal of the type most like man, especially those which are small and have long tails (ie not the apes).

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