apish

adjective
ap·​ish | \ ˈā-pish How to pronounce apish (audio) \

Definition of apish

: resembling an ape: such as
a : extremely silly or affected apish antics
b : given to slavish imitation

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from apish

apishly adverb
apishness noun

Examples of apish in a Sentence

whenever I smiled, the baby would respond with an apish grin
Recent Examples on the Web In his twilight years, Art would make good on his name and let his penchant for art shine, brightening the lives of the residents of Cedar Mountain Commons with his signature acrylic paintings, including the colorful, apish Jojo. courant.com, "Arthur Wider," 5 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of apish

circa 1527, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about apish

Time Traveler for apish

Time Traveler

The first known use of apish was circa 1527

See more words from the same year

Statistics for apish

Cite this Entry

“Apish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apish. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on apish

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for apish

Comments on apish

What made you want to look up apish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!