ap·​ish ˈā-pish How to pronounce apish (audio)
: resembling an ape: such as
: having an apelike appearance
an apish jaw
: extremely silly or affected
apish antics
: given to unoriginal imitation
… the results … are truly phenomenal. Nor is it mere apish copying.Abraham Cahan
apishly adverb
apishness noun

Examples of apish in a Sentence

whenever I smiled, the baby would respond with an apish grin
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apish was circa 1525

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“Apish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apish. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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ap·​ish ˈā-pish How to pronounce apish (audio)
: very silly
apish antics
: imitating closely
apishly adverb
apishness noun
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