ˈchimp How to pronounce chimp (audio)
 sometimes  ˈshimp

Examples of chimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one, a young chimp lightly smacks her mother’s back, then sprints a short distance to cautiously gauge her response; in another, a male gorilla ambushes his mom from behind with a galloping jump attack. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 On average, about 20 percent of a female chimp’s adulthood happened after fertility went away. Popular Science, 6 Dec. 2023 Can Chimpanzees Be Domesticated? (Credit: Patrick Rolands/Shutterstock) No, chimps are wild and not meant to be domesticated. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 The chimps that visit Bandoji are smart, residents said. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 15 June 2023 His life’s work is convincing people to save the wild chimp. David McKenzie, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Like with humans, male chimps tend to be slightly taller than females. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 Early on, Jackson asked Richie to say hello to Bubbles the chimp, and also had to explain why his dog and his bird had beef. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 The authors expected the quality of the chimps’ and bonobos’ memories would degrade over time, but that wasn’t the case. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chimp was in 1877

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“Chimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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