noun \ˈāp\

: a type of animal (such as a chimpanzee or gorilla) that is closely related to monkeys and humans and that is covered in hair and has no tail or a very short tail

: a large and stupid or rude person

Full Definition of APE

a :  monkey; especially :  one of the larger tailless or short-tailed Old World forms
b :  any of various large tailless semierect primates of Africa and southeastern Asia (as the chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, or gibbon) —called also anthropoid, anthropoid ape — compare great ape
a :  mimic
b :  a large uncouth person
ape·like \ˈāp-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of APE

  1. Her boyfriend's some big ape she met at a party.

Origin of APE

Middle English, from Old English apa; akin to Old High German affo ape
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole



: to copy or imitate (something or someone)


Full Definition of APE

transitive verb
:  to copy closely but often clumsily and ineptly
ap·er noun

Examples of APE

  1. She apes the speech and manners of the rich.
  2. <was caught aping the substitute teacher's thick accent>

First Known Use of APE




Definition of APE

:  crazy, wild —usually used in the phrase go ape

First Known Use of APE



noun \ˈāp\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of APE

: monkey; especially : one of the larger tailless or short-tailed Old World forms
: any of the large tailless semierect primates (as the chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, or gibbon) that comprise two primate families (Pongidae and Hylobatidae)—called also anthropoid, anthropoid ape


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the tailless primates known as the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs; family Hylobatidae) or the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas; family Hominidae). Apes are found in the tropical forests of western and central Africa and South Asia. They are distinguished from monkeys by having no tail, having an appendix, and having a more complex brain. Apes typically move about by swinging or knuckle-walking, though they are capable of standing erect and occasionally walk on two feet. Highly intelligent animals, apes are very closely related to humans, who are also categorized by zoologists as members of Hominidae. As a result of habitat destruction and hunting, all the apes are now regarded as endangered.


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