monkey about with (something)

Definition of monkey about with (something)

British, informal

  1. 1 :  to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious He enjoys monkeying about with his car's engine.

  2. 2 :  to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way You shouldn't be monkeying about with dangerous chemicals.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes

    :  a person resembling a monkey

  1. :  mimic, mock

    :  to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

    :  fool, trifle

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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