monkey business

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of monkey business

: shenanigan 2
  • didn't try any monkey business when the boss was away

Examples of monkey business in a Sentence

  1. Our teacher warned us not to try any monkey business while she was out of the room.

  2. the new nanny will not tolerate such monkey business from her charges

Recent Examples of monkey business from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'monkey business.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of monkey business

1835

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

MONKEY BUSINESS Defined for English Language Learners

monkey business

Definition of monkey business for English Language Learners

  • : playful tricks or jokes

  • : illegal or improper activity or behavior


Learn More about monkey business


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up monkey business? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

subject to rapid or unexpected change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!