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ape

 (āp)
n.
1. Any of various tailless Old World primates of the superfamily Hominoidea, including the gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
2. Any of various members of this superfamily bearing fur and usually living in the wild, especially orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees, in contrast to humans. Not in scientific use.
3. A tailed primate such as a monkey. Not in scientific use.
4. A mimic or imitator.
5. Informal A clumsy or boorish person.
tr.v. aped, ap·ing, apes
To imitate or mimic, especially in a thoughtless or inept way. See Synonyms at imitate.
Idiom:
go ape Informal
To become wildly excited or angry: went ape at the party; went ape when she saw the parking ticket.

[Middle English, from Old English apa.]

ap′er n.

ape

(eɪp)
n
1. (Zoology) any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absent. See anthropoid ape See also great ape
2. (Animals) any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absent. See anthropoid ape See also great ape
3. (Animals) (not in technical use) any monkey
4. an imitator; mimic
5. informal US a coarse, clumsy, or rude person
vb
(tr) to imitate
[Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo]
ˈapeˌlike adj

ape

(eɪp)

n., v. aped, ap•ing. n.
1. any of a group of anthropoid primates characterized by long arms, a broad chest, and the absence of a tail, comprising the great apes and lesser apes.
2. (loosely) any monkey.
3. an imitator; mimic.
4. a large, clumsy, or coarse person.
v.t.
5. to imitate; mimic.
Idioms:
1. go ape, Slang. to become violently emotional.
2. go ape over, to be extremely enthusiastic about.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English apa, c. Old Saxon apo, Old High German affo, Old Norse api]

ape

(āp)
Any of various large, tailless primates having long arms and broad chests. Apes include the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan. They live in the wild only in the Eastern Hemisphere. Compare monkey.

ape


Past participle: aped
Gerund: aping

Imperative
ape
ape
Present
I ape
you ape
he/she/it apes
we ape
you ape
they ape
Preterite
I aped
you aped
he/she/it aped
we aped
you aped
they aped
Present Continuous
I am aping
you are aping
he/she/it is aping
we are aping
you are aping
they are aping
Present Perfect
I have aped
you have aped
he/she/it has aped
we have aped
you have aped
they have aped
Past Continuous
I was aping
you were aping
he/she/it was aping
we were aping
you were aping
they were aping
Past Perfect
I had aped
you had aped
he/she/it had aped
we had aped
you had aped
they had aped
Future
I will ape
you will ape
he/she/it will ape
we will ape
you will ape
they will ape
Future Perfect
I will have aped
you will have aped
he/she/it will have aped
we will have aped
you will have aped
they will have aped
Future Continuous
I will be aping
you will be aping
he/she/it will be aping
we will be aping
you will be aping
they will be aping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been aping
you have been aping
he/she/it has been aping
we have been aping
you have been aping
they have been aping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been aping
you will have been aping
he/she/it will have been aping
we will have been aping
you will have been aping
they will have been aping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been aping
you had been aping
he/she/it had been aping
we had been aping
you had been aping
they had been aping
Conditional
I would ape
you would ape
he/she/it would ape
we would ape
you would ape
they would ape
Past Conditional
I would have aped
you would have aped
he/she/it would have aped
we would have aped
you would have aped
they would have aped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ape - any of various primates with short tails or no tail at allape - any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
primate - any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
anthropoid ape - any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae
2.ape - someone who copies the words or behavior of anotherape - someone who copies the words or behavior of another
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
epigon, epigone - an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
parrot - a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
3.ape - person who resembles a nonhuman primateape - person who resembles a nonhuman primate
misfit - someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
Verb1.ape - imitate uncritically and in every aspectape - imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little brother apes her behavior"
imitate - appear like, as in behavior or appearance; "Life imitate art"
2.ape - represent in or produce a caricature of; "The drawing caricatured the President"
mock - imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"

ape

verb imitate, copy, mirror, echo, mock, parrot, mimic, parody, caricature, affect, counterfeit These films merely ape Hollywood.
go ape be furious, storm, rage, rave, blow up (informal), fume, be angry, lose it (informal), fret, seethe, crack up (informal), see red (informal), chafe, lose the plot (informal), go ballistic (slang, chiefly U.S.), rant and rave, foam at the mouth, lose your temper, blow a fuse (slang, chiefly U.S.), fly off the handle (informal), be incandescent, go off the deep end (informal), throw a fit (informal), go up the wall (slang), blow your top, lose your rag (slang), be beside yourself, flip your lid (slang) When he found out, he went ape.
Related words
collective noun shrewdness

ape

verb
To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way:
Translations
aap
قِرْد
маймуна
opice
abe
ahv
apinaapinoidaihmisapinamatkia
emberszabású majommajom
apiapa eftir
beždžionėžmogbeždžionė
pērtiķis
opica
маjмун
apamänniskoapa
insansı maymunmaymun
мавпа

ape

[eɪp]
A. N
1. (Zool) → mono m, simio m, antropoide mf
to go ape (US) (= lose one's temper) → ponerse como un energúmeno, ponerse hecho una fiera; (= go crazy) → ponerse como una moto
2. (= person) you (great) ape!¡bestia!
B. VTimitar, remedar

ape

[ˈeɪp]
n
(grand) singe m
to go ape (= get angry) [person] → péter les plombs
vt (= imitate) → singer

ape

n (lit, fig)Affe m; to go ape (inf)ausflippen (inf)
vtnachäffen (pej), → nachmachen

ape

[eɪp]
1. n (esp anthropoid) → scimmia
to go ape (Am) (fam) → diventare stupido/a
2. vtscimmiottare

ape

(eip) noun
a large monkey with little or no tail.
References in classic literature ?
Here, it is true, were none of the appliances which popular merriment would so readily have found in the England of Elizabeth's time, or that of James -- no rude shows of a theatrical kind; no minstrel, with his harp and legendary ballad, nor gleeman with an ape dancing to his music; no juggler, with his tricks of mimic witchcraft; no Merry Andrew, to stir up the multitude with jests, perhaps a hundred years old, but still effective, by their appeals to the very broadest sources of mirthful sympathy.
So saying he procured the plane; and with his old silk handkerchief first dusting the bench, vigorously set to planing away at my bed, the while grinning like an ape.
And then you won't know me, sir; and I shall not be your Jane Eyre any longer, but an ape in a harlequin's jacket--a jay in borrowed plumes.
But there's this difference; one is gold put to the use of paving- stones, and the other is tin polished to ape a service of silver.
If I had seen an Ape taking command of a Man, I should hardly have thought it a more degrading spectacle.
Bagheera would lie out on a branch and call, "Come along, Little Brother," and at first Mowgli would cling like the sloth, but afterward he would fling himself through the branches almost as boldly as the gray ape.
This done, he vanished, and I was in the likeness of an ape, and in a country I had never seen before.
Here's the divining ape and the show of the Release of Melisendra just coming.
And here I specially stayed to show that, were there such machines exactly resembling organs and outward form an ape or any other irrational animal, we could have no means of knowing that they were in any respect of a different nature from these animals; but if there were machines bearing the image of our bodies, and capable of imitating our actions as far as it is morally possible, there would still remain two most certain tests whereby to know that they were not therefore really men.
With a start he sat up to see a huge, anthropoid ape squatting at his side, inspecting him intently.
In the forest of the table-land a mile back from the ocean old Kerchak the Ape was on a rampage of rage among his people.
With uplifted arm he stood, the cry of the bull ape quivering upon his lips, yet he remained silent lest he arouse his faithful Waziri who were all too familiar with the hideous challenge of their master.