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mon·key

 (mŭng′kē)
n. pl. mon·keys
1.
a. Any of various tailed primates of the suborder Anthropoidea, including the macaques, baboons, capuchins, and marmosets, and excluding the apes.
b. A nonhuman ape. Not in scientific use.
2. One who behaves in a way suggestive of a monkey, as a mischievous child or a mimic.
3. The iron block of a pile driver.
4. Slang A person who is mocked, duped, or made to appear a fool: They made a monkey out of him.
5. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person with dark skin.
v. mon·keyed, mon·key·ing, mon·keys
v.intr. Informal
1. To play, fiddle, trifle, or tamper with something: Who was monkeying with my cell phone?
2. To behave in a mischievous or apish manner: Stop monkeying around!
v.tr.
To imitate or mimic; ape.
Idiom:
monkey on one's back
1. An addiction to a drug.
2. An object of persistent worry or obsession.

[Perhaps ultimately from Middle Low German Moneke, name of a young ape in the beast epic Reynke de Vos ("Reynard the Fox"), shortening of Simoneke, diminutive (used in punning reference to Latin sīmia, ape, monkey; see simian) of the Middle High German name Simon (equivalent to English Simeon and Simon).]

monkey

(ˈmʌŋkɪ)
n
1. (Animals) any of numerous long-tailed primates excluding the prosimians (lemurs, tarsiers, etc): comprise the families Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys), Cebidae (New World monkeys), and Callithricidae (marmosets). See Old World monkey, New World monkey
2. (Animals) any primate except man
3. a naughty or mischievous person, esp a child
4. (Mechanical Engineering) the head of a pile-driver (monkey engine) or of some similar mechanical device
5. (Nautical Terms) (modifier) nautical denoting a small light structure or piece of equipment contrived to suit an immediate purpose: a monkey foresail; a monkey bridge.
6. (Recreational Drugs) slang US and Canadian an addict's dependence on a drug
7. slang a butt of derision; someone made to look a fool (esp in the phrase make a monkey of)
8. (Gambling, except Cards) slang (esp in bookmaking) £500
9. (Currencies) slang US and Canadian $500
10. (Animals) slang archaic Austral a sheep
11. give a monkey's slang Brit to care about or regard as important: who gives a monkey's what he thinks?.
12. have a monkey on one's back slang
a. to be troubled by a persistent problem
b. US and Canadian to be addicted to a drug
vb
13. (intr; usually foll by around, with, etc) to meddle, fool, or tinker
14. (tr) rare to imitate; ape
[C16: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke name of the ape's son in the tale of Reynard the Fox]

mon•key

(ˈmʌŋ ki)

n., pl. –keys, v.
1. any mammal of two major groupings of Primates, the Old World monkeys or catarrhines, and the New World monkeys or platyrrhines, both characterized by flattened faces, binocular vision, and usu. long tails.
2. the fur of certain long-haired monkeys.
3.
a. a mischievous, agile child.
b. fool; dupe.
v.i.
4. Informal. to trifle idly; fool (often fol. by around or with).
v.t.
5. to imitate; mimic.
Idioms:
1. make a monkey (out) of, to cause to appear ridiculous; make a fool of.
2. monkey on one's back, Slang.
a. an addiction to a drug.
b. a burdensome problem, situation, or responsibility.
[1520–30; appar. < Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke (name of son of Martin the Ape in the story of Reynard) =mone- (akin to Sp, Portuguese mono ape) + -ke diminutive suffix]
mon′key•ish, adj.
mon′key•ish•ly, adv.
mon′key•ish•ness, n.

mon·key

(mŭng′kē)
Any of various primates of medium size that have long tails. Most monkeys live in trees in tropical or subtropical regions. Baboons, macaques, mandrills, and marmosets are monkeys. Compare ape.

monkey


Past participle: monkeyed
Gerund: monkeying

Imperative
monkey
monkey
Present
I monkey
you monkey
he/she/it monkeys
we monkey
you monkey
they monkey
Preterite
I monkeyed
you monkeyed
he/she/it monkeyed
we monkeyed
you monkeyed
they monkeyed
Present Continuous
I am monkeying
you are monkeying
he/she/it is monkeying
we are monkeying
you are monkeying
they are monkeying
Present Perfect
I have monkeyed
you have monkeyed
he/she/it has monkeyed
we have monkeyed
you have monkeyed
they have monkeyed
Past Continuous
I was monkeying
you were monkeying
he/she/it was monkeying
we were monkeying
you were monkeying
they were monkeying
Past Perfect
I had monkeyed
you had monkeyed
he/she/it had monkeyed
we had monkeyed
you had monkeyed
they had monkeyed
Future
I will monkey
you will monkey
he/she/it will monkey
we will monkey
you will monkey
they will monkey
Future Perfect
I will have monkeyed
you will have monkeyed
he/she/it will have monkeyed
we will have monkeyed
you will have monkeyed
they will have monkeyed
Future Continuous
I will be monkeying
you will be monkeying
he/she/it will be monkeying
we will be monkeying
you will be monkeying
they will be monkeying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been monkeying
you have been monkeying
he/she/it has been monkeying
we have been monkeying
you have been monkeying
they have been monkeying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been monkeying
you will have been monkeying
he/she/it will have been monkeying
we will have been monkeying
you will have been monkeying
they will have been monkeying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been monkeying
you had been monkeying
he/she/it had been monkeying
we had been monkeying
you had been monkeying
they had been monkeying
Conditional
I would monkey
you would monkey
he/she/it would monkey
we would monkey
you would monkey
they would monkey
Past Conditional
I would have monkeyed
you would have monkeyed
he/she/it would have monkeyed
we would have monkeyed
you would have monkeyed
they would have monkeyed

Monkey

A colloquial expression for a one-horse plowlike implement used to hook and pull up cane stalks by their roots. Also see Water monkey.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monkey - any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians)monkey - any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians)
primate - any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
catarrhine, Old World monkey - of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
New World monkey, platyrrhine, platyrrhinian - hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
2.monkey - one who is playfully mischievousmonkey - one who is playfully mischievous  
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
brat, holy terror, little terror, terror - a very troublesome child
Verb1.monkey - play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestlymonkey - play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
manipulate - hold something in one's hands and move it
2.monkey - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idlymonkey - do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
puddle - mess around, as in a liquid or paste; "The children are having fun puddling in paint"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

monkey

noun
1. simian, ape, primate, jackanapes (archaic) He walked on all fours like a monkey.
2. rascal, horror, devil, rogue, imp, tyke, scallywag, mischief maker, scamp She's such a little monkey.
Related words
adjective simian
collective noun troop
Quotations
"monkey: an arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

Monkeys, apes and other primates

aye-aye, baboon, Barbary ape, bonnet monkey, bushbaby or galago, capuchin, chacma, chimpanzee or chimp, colobus, douc, douroucouli, drill, flying lemur or colugo, gelada, gibbon, gorilla, green monkey, grivet, guenon, guereza, howler monkey, indris or indri, langur, lemur, loris, macaco, macaque, mandrill, mangabey, marmoset, mona, monkey or (archaic) jackanapes, orang-outang, orang-utan, or orang, proboscis monkey, rhesus monkey, saki, siamang, sifaka, spider monkey, squirrel monkey, talapoin, tamarin, tana, tarsier, titi, vervet, wanderoo

monkey

noun
Slang. A person who is easily deceived or victimized:
Informal: sucker.
Chiefly British: mug.
verb
1. Informal. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
2. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion:
Translations
قِرْدٌقِرْد، سَعْدانوَلَد مُؤْذٍيَعْبَث، يَتَدَخَّل
маймунмаймуна
mico
opicedarebahrabat se-nice
abespilopmager
simio
بوزینه
apina
majmun
majomrosszcsontbabrál vmivel
keramonyet
apiapi; smáapi; apakötturfíflast meî, fikta viîprakkari
サル
원숭이
simia
beždžionėišdykėlislįstinagus kištinerimtas reikalas
nerātnisniekotiespērtiķis
aapapin
maimuţă
opica
opicaafna
apa
tumbili
ลิง
maymunyaramaz çocukkurcalamak
con khỉ

monkey

[ˈmʌŋkɪ]
A. N (Zool) → mono m (fig) (= child) → diablillo m
I don't give a monkey'sme importa un rábano
to make a monkey out of sbponer a algn en ridículo
B. CPD monkey business N (dishonest) → trapisondas fpl, tejemanejes mpl; (mischievous) → travesuras fpl, diabluras fpl
monkey nut N (Brit) → cacahuete m, maní m (LAm), cacahuate m (Mex)
monkey puzzle N (Bot) → araucaria f
monkey shines NPL (US) = monkey tricks monkey suit Ntraje m de etiqueta, esmoquin m
monkey tricks NPLtravesuras fpl
monkey wrench Nllave f inglesa
monkey about monkey around VI + ADVhacer tonterías
to monkey about or monkey around with sthjuguetear con algo

monkey

[ˈmʌŋki] n
(= animal) → singe m
(= naughty child) → polisson(e) m/fmonkey bars nplcage f à poulesmonkey business n
(dishonest)affaire f louche
(mischievous)singeries fplmonkey nut n (British)cacahuète fmonkey wrench nclé f à molette

monkey

nAffe m; (fig: = child) → Strolch m, → Schlingel m; to make a monkey out of somebody (inf)jdn verhohnepipeln (inf); well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle (inf)(ich glaub,) mich laust der Affe (inf); to have a monkey on one’s back (US inf) → an der Nadel hängen (inf); I don’t give a monkey’s (about it) (Brit inf) → das ist mir scheißegal (inf)or schnurzpiepe (hum inf); as clever as a cartload or barrel (load) of monkeys (Brit inf) → ganz schön clever (inf)
vi to monkey around (inf)herumalbern; to monkey around with somethingan etw (dat)herumspielen or -fummeln (inf)

monkey

:
monkey bars
plKlettergerüst nt
monkey business
n (inf) no monkey!mach(t) mir keine Sachen! (inf); there’s too much monkeyda ist zu viel faul (inf); what monkey have you been getting up to?was hast du jetzt schon wieder angestellt?
monkey engine
n (Tech: = pile-driver) → Pfahlramme f
monkey jacket
nAffenjäckchen nt (inf)
monkey nut
nErdnuss f
monkey puzzle (tree)
nAndentanne f, → Araukarie f (spec)
monkeyshines
pl (US inf) → Streiche pl
monkey suit
n (inf: = tails) → Frack m; he was all done up in his monkeyer hatte sich in volle Montur or in Schale geworfen (inf)
monkey tricks
plUnfug m, → dumme Streiche pl; no monkey!mach(t) mir keinen Unfug!; I bet he’s been getting up to some monkey again!der hat doch sicher wieder irgendwas ausgeheckt (inf)
monkey wrench
nverstellbarer Schraubenschlüssel, Engländer m; to throw a monkey into the works (US inf) → jdm einen Knüppel zwischen die Beine werfen (inf)

monkey

[ˈmʌŋkɪ] nscimmia (fig) (child) → birbante m
monkey about monkey around vi + adv (fam) → far lo/la scemo/a
to monkey about with sth → armeggiare con qc

monkey

(ˈmaŋki) noun
1. an animal of the type most like man, especially those which are small and have long tails (ie not the apes).
2. a mischievous child. Their son is a little monkey.
verb
(especially with with) to meddle or interfere. Who's been monkeying (about) with the television set?
monkey business
mishievous or illegal happenings etc.
monkey nutpeanut

monkey

قِرْدٌ opice abe Affe μαϊμού mono apina singe majmun scimmia サル 원숭이 aap ape małpa macaco обезьяна apa ลิง maymun con khỉ 猴子
References in classic literature ?
He was a dapper little Irishman, very vain, homely as a monkey, with friends everywhere, and a sweetheart in every port, like a sailor.
He had a monkey on his shoulder, dressed in a Highland plaid; and, to complete the sum of splendid attractions wherewith he presented himself to the public, there was a company of little figures, whose sphere and habitation was in the mahogany case of his organ, and whose principle of life was the music which the Italian made it his business to grind out.
We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.
All that is original in us, and therefore fairly creditable or dis- creditable to us, can be covered up and hidden by the point of a cambric needle, all the rest being atoms contributed by, and inherited from, a procession of ancestors that stretches back a billion years to the Adam-clam or grasshopper or monkey from whom our race has been so tediously and ostentatiously and un- profitably developed.
The "guide" at the head of the line cut imaginary steps, in a laborious and painstaking way, and not a monkey budged till the step above was vacated.
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.
said she, on his taking Miss Steeles's pocket handkerchief, and throwing it out of window--"He is full of monkey tricks.
The little monkey had crept by the skylight of one garret, along the roof, into the skylight of the other, and it was with the utmost difficulty I could coax her out again.
If he had any brains in that monkey head of his," she said to herself in the passage, "what a rascal he would be
Boy with the brain of a monkey, for every spear you have Dingaan, whom I serve, can send a hundred, and your mountain shall be stamped flat; and for your ghosts and wolves, see, with the mouth of Dingaan I spit upon them
A poor tired Italian organ-grinder, tramping with an equally tired monkey along the dusty roads, had to be bought off in a similar manner,--though he only cost sixpence.
And when that red-faced booby started to monkey with me, I just couldn't bear it any more.