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1monkey

noun mon·key \ˈməŋ-kē\

: a type of animal that is closely related to apes and humans and that has a long tail and usually lives in trees

: a person (especially a child) who causes trouble in a playful way

plural monkeys

Full Definition of MONKEY

1
:  a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers; especially :  any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes
2
a :  a person resembling a monkey
b :  a ludicrous figure :  dupe
3
:  any of various machines, implements, or vessels; especially :  the falling weight of a pile driver
4
:  a desperate desire for or addiction to drugs —often used in the phrase monkey on one's back; broadly :  a persistent or annoying encumbrance or problem

Examples of MONKEY

  1. He's quite a cheeky little monkey, isn't he?
  2. <I've got this monkey on my back, and going to detox is the only way to get it off.>

Origin of MONKEY

probably of Low German origin; akin to Moneke, name of an ape, probably of Romance origin; akin to Old Spanish mona monkey
First Known Use: circa 1530

Other Mammals Terms

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

2monkey

verb
mon·keyedmon·key·ing

Definition of MONKEY

transitive verb
:  mimic, mock
intransitive verb
1
:  to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner
2
a :  fool, trifle —often used with around <he likes to monkey around with engines>
b :  tamper —usually used with with <don't monkey with the settings>

First Known Use of MONKEY

circa 1568
MONKEYED Defined for Kids

1monkey

noun mon·key \ˈməŋ-kē\
plural monkeys

Definition of MONKEY for Kids

:  a furry animal of warm regions that has a long tail and that along with the apes is most closely related to humans

2monkey

verb
mon·keyedmon·key·ing

Definition of MONKEY for Kids

1
:  to spend time in an idle or aimless way <We just monkeyed around in the gym.>
2
:  to handle secretly or in a careless or incorrect way <He didn't want anyone monkeying with the cash register … — George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square>
Medical Dictionary

monkey

noun mon·key \ˈməŋ-kē\

Medical Definition of MONKEY

:  a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers; especially :  any of the smaller longer-tailed primates as contrasted with the apes

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