Simple Definition of monkey
: 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
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
He's quite a cheeky little monkey, isn't he?
<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
Definition of monkey
First Known Use of monkey
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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