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monkey

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noun mon·key \ˈməŋ-kē\

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

plural monkeys

  1. 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. 2 a :  a person resembling a monkey b :  a ludicrous figure :  dupe

  3. 3 :  any of various machines, implements, or vessels; especially :  the falling weight of a pile driver

  4. 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


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monkey

verb mon·key

Definition of monkey

mon·keyedmon·key·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  mimic, mock

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

  5. 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>



Circa 1568

First Known Use of monkey

circa 1568


Medical Dictionary

monkey

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noun mon·key \ˈməŋ-kē\

Medical Definition of monkey

  1. :  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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