any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
copycat, imitator, emulator, ape, aper(noun)
someone who copies the words or behavior of another
person who resembles a nonhuman primate
imitate uncritically and in every aspect
"Her little brother apes her behavior"
represent in or produce a caricature of
"The drawing caricatured the President"
An animal of a class of primates generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
An uncivilised person.
To behave like an ape.
To imitate; mimic.
a quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiadae, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes
one who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic
to mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally
Origin: [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]
Apes are Old World anthropoid mammals, more specifically a clade of tailless catarrhine primates, belonging to the biological superfamily Hominoidea. The apes are native to Africa and South-east Asia. Apes are the largest primates and the orangutan, an ape, is the largest living arboreal animal. Hominoids are traditionally forest dwellers, although chimpanzees may range into savanna, and the extinct australopithecines were likely also savanna inhabitants, inferred from their morphology. Humans inhabit almost every terrestrial habitat. Hominoidea contains two families of living species: ⁕Hylobatidae consists of four genera and sixteen species of gibbon, including the lar gibbon and the siamang. They are commonly referred to as lesser apes. ⁕Hominidae consists of orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and humans. Alternatively, the hominidae family are collectively described as the great apes. There are two extant species in the orangutan genus, two species in the gorilla genus, and a single extant species Homo sapiens in the human genus. Chimpanzees and bonobos are closely related to each other and they represent the two species in the genus Pan.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
āp, n. a monkey: a monkey without a tail or with a very short one: a simian proper, linking man and the lower animals, and hence termed Anthropoid—gorilla, chimpanzee, orang-outang, or gibbon: one who plays the ape, a silly imitator: (Shak.) an imitator in a good or neutral sense.—v.t. to imitate as an ape.—ns. Ape′dom; Ape′hood; Ap′ery, conduct of one who apes, any ape-like action: a colony of apes.—adj. Ap′ish, like an ape: imitative: foppish.—adv. Ap′ishly.—ns. Ap′ishness, Ap′ism (Carlyle).—God's ape, a born fool.—To lead apes in hell, believed to be the lot of old maids there; To make any one his ape, To put an ape in his hood (obs.), to make a fool of any one. [A.S. apa; Ger. affe.]
The numerical value of ape in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of ape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
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- سعدان, حبن, قردArabic
- подражавам, маймунаBulgarian
- Menschenaffe, nachäffen, AffeGerman
- πίθηκος, πιθηκίζωGreek
- homoideo, simiiEsperanto
- mono, imitar, remedarSpanish
- بوزینه, کپی, تقلید کردن, کپی کردنPersian
- apina, matkia, ihmisapina, apinoidaFinnish
- hominoïdé, singe, singer, singe anthropoïdeFrench
- aapWestern Frisian
- קוף אדםHebrew
- कपि, वानरHindi
- emberszabású majom, majomHungarian
- մարդանման կապիկ, կապիկArmenian
- api, apa eftirIcelandic
- scimmia, scimmiottare, scimmione, ominideItalian
- 類人猿, サル, 猿Japanese
- 유인원, 원숭이, 類人猿Korean
- sīmius, sīmiaLatin
- AfLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- mensaap, nabootsen, apin, nadoen, na-apen, aap, imiterenDutch
- mágíNavajo, Navaho
- małpa, małpa człekokształtna, imitować, małpowaćPolish
- macaquear, macaco, imitarPortuguese
- maimuță, maimuțări, imitaRomanian
- обезьяна, подражать, обезьянничать, человекообразная обезьянаRussian
- majmun, мајмунSerbo-Croatian
- apa efter, härma, apa, människoapaSwedish
- insansı maymunTurkish
- мавпувати, мавпаUkrainian
- siêu họ Người, vượnVietnamese
- jilepül, hilep, hilepül, lep, lepil, jilep, lepül, lelepVolapük
- séndje, mårticotWalloon
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