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

Definition of apish

: resembling an ape: such as
a : having an apelike appearance an apish jaw
b : extremely silly or affected apish antics
c : given to unoriginal imitation … the results … are truly phenomenal. Nor is it mere apish copying.— Abraham Cahan

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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
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First Known Use of apish

circa 1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of apish was circa 1525

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18 May 2021

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“Apish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apish. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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