What does monkey mean?

Definitions for monkey
ˈmʌŋ kimon·key

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monkeynoun

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

  2. imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywagverb

    one who is playfully mischievous

  3. tamper, fiddle, monkeyverb

    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 aroundverb

    do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

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


  1. monkeynoun

    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. monkeynoun

    A mischievous child.

    Stop misbehaving, you little monkey!

  3. monkeynoun

    Five hundred pounds sterling.

  4. monkeynoun

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

  5. monkeynoun

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

  6. monkeynoun

    A face card.

  7. monkeynoun

    A menial employee who does a repetitive job.

  8. monkeyverb

    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. Etymology: 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. Monkeynoun

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

  2. Monkeynoun

    any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs

  3. Monkeynoun

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

  4. Monkeynoun

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

  5. Monkeynoun

    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. Monkeynoun

    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

  8. Etymology: [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It. monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. fr. madonna. See Madonna.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monkey

    mungk′i, n. a quadrumanous mammal of the order Primates—the term is loose, and may be conveniently restricted only to all the Primates exclusive of the Anthropoid Apes, thus including the Platyrrhini, or New-World monkeys, and the Catarrhiini, or Old-World monkeys: an ape: a name of contempt, esp. for a mischievous person, also of playful endearment: a heavy weight for driving piles: a large hammer for driving bolts: in betting slang, a sum of 500 pounds, or dollars in U.S.: a fluid consisting of chlor-hydric acid and zinc—generally called spirits of salt—used in the process of soldering:—pl. Monk′eys.—v.i. to meddle with anything.—v.t. to imitate as a monkey does.—ns. Monk′ey-bag, a small money-bag, hung round the sailor's neck; Monk′ey-block, a small swivel-block used in guiding running rigging; Monk′ey-board, the omnibus conductor's foot-board; Monk′ey-boat, a narrow, half-decked river-boat; Monk′ey-bread, the baobab-tree or its fruit; Monk′ey-en′gine, a kind of pile-driver having a ram or monkey working in a wooden frame; Monk′ey-flow′er, a flower of the mimulus kind; Monk′ey-gaff, a small gaff above the spanker-gaff for the flag; Monk′ey-grass, a coarse fibre yielded by the leaf-stalks of Attalea funifera, used for brooms, street sweeping-machine brushes, &c.; Monk′ey-hamm′er, a drop-press with a ram, which is raised and let drop freely; Monk′eyism, the qualities of the monkey; Monk′ey-jack′et, a close-fitting jacket, generally made of some stout, coarse material; Monk′ey-pot, the seed-vessel of several species of Lecythis, having a round lid; Monk′ey-pump, a straw let through a gimlet-hole into a cask for the purpose of sucking the liquor; Monk′ey-puzz′le, the Chili pine, Araucaria imbricata; Monk′ey-rail, a light rail above the quarter-rail; Monk′ey-shine (U.S.), a piece of tomfoolery; Monk′ey-tail, a short lever for training carronades: a piece of knotted rope by which to attach a hook, to save the hand from jamming; Monk′ey-wheel, a tackle-block over which runs a hoisting-rope; Monk′ey-wrench, a screw-key having a movable jaw.—Have, or Get, one's monkey up, to be angry; Suck the monkey, to drink liquor from a cask through an inserted tube: to drink from a coco-nut, filled surreptitiously with rum, &c. [Old It. monicchio, dim. of Old It. monna, nickname for an old woman, an ape, contr. of It. madonna, mistress.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. monkey

    A machine composed of a long pig of iron, traversing in a groove, which is raised by a pulley, and let fall suddenly on the head of large bolts for driving them. A larger kind is used in pile-driving. Also, a kind of wooden kid for grog. Also, in Queen Elizabeth's reign, a small trading vessel. Also, passion; as a man's "monkey is up." Also, a machine with which the hercules facilitates the welding of anchors.

Rap Dictionary

  1. monkeynoun

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Monkey

    From the Italian monicchio, the diminutive of monna, an ape. This word is often used as a verb--e.g. “Don’t monkey about on there,” meaning “Don’t play about or be up to monkeyish pranks.”

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monkey in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monkey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of monkey in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Wachsman-Selznick:

    There was no way I could give up the monkey to anyone but the owner.

  2. Philip Baggaley:

    The initial surge in bookings, there was probably some pent-up demand in there. There's no doubt that the increase in [ Covid-19 ] cases and quarantines throws a monkey wrench into it.

  3. The Universeum:

    We think it's the same one [monkey that left the zoo], but I guess there aren't that many monkeys out and about at the moment.

  4. Mariana Fulger:

    Being calm, no matter how complicated life may be, is a virtue and a wall that cages the monkey, many times hurt, scared, within us, inside.

  5. Chuan Qin:

    No viral load was detected in these main tissues on [day five] after the monkey was exposed to the same dose of virus again, so, we think the coronavirus did not survive for a long time in the body.

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    emerged from an egg
    • A. hatched
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