What does APE mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ape(noun)

    any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

  2. copycat, imitator, emulator, ape, aper(noun)

    someone who copies the words or behavior of another

  3. anthropoid, ape(verb)

    person who resembles a nonhuman primate

  4. ape(verb)

    imitate uncritically and in every aspect

    "Her little brother apes her behavior"

  5. caricature, ape(verb)

    represent in or produce a caricature of

    "The drawing caricatured the President"


  1. ape(Noun)

    An animal of a class of primates generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.

  2. ape(Noun)

    An uncivilised person.

  3. ape(Verb)

    To behave like an ape.

  4. ape(Verb)

    To imitate; mimic.

  5. ape(Adjective)

    Wild; crazy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ape(noun)

    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

  2. Ape(noun)

    one who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic

  3. Ape(noun)

    a dupe

  4. Ape(verb)

    to mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally

  5. Origin: [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]


  1. Ape

    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

  1. Ape

    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.]

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Anagrams for APE »

  1. EAP

  2. pea

  3. PAE

  4. EPA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of APE in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of APE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Man is more ape than many of the apes.

  2. CREW*31:

    Without his ships man is just a common ape.

  3. Marty Metalgod Ross:

    Without his tools man is just a common ape.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

  5. Yevgeny Zamyatin:

    Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.

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