monkey about

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of monkey about

British, informal
: to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time
  • We just monkeyed about all afternoon.
  • a young scientist monkeying about in the lab

Word by Word Definitions

monkey play
  1. : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers

  2. : a person resembling a monkey

  3. : a ludicrous figure : dupe

  1. : mimic, mock

  2. : to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

  3. : fool, trifle


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