from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large, tailless Old World primates of the family Pongidae, including the chimpanzee, gorilla, gibbon, and orangutan.
- n. A monkey.
- n. A mimic or imitator.
- n. Informal A clumsy or boorish person.
- transitive v. To mimic slavishly but often with an absurd result. See Synonyms at imitate.
- idiom go ape Informal To become wildly excited or enthusiastic: went ape at the party; goes ape over Thai cuisine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
- n. Any such primate other than a human.
- n. An uncivilised person.
- v. To behave like an ape.
- v. To imitate; mimic.
- adj. Wild; crazy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiadæ, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes.
- n. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
- n. A dupe.
- transitive v. To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monkey; a quadrumanous animal; some animal of the old order Quadrumana; a member of one of the modern families Simiidœ, Cynopithecidœ, and Cebidœ, especially one which attracts attention by mimicking man.
- n. More specifically, a tailless monkey; a monkey with a very short tail; a magot, macaque, or pig-tailed baboon: as, the Barbary ape (Inuus ecaudatus); the Celebes black ape (Cynopithecus niger).
- n. Technically, a man-like monkey; a simian proper, or a member of the modern family Simiidœ, forming a kind of connecting link between man and the lower animals, and hence termed anthroid (which see).
- n. An imitator; a mimic.
- n. A mischievous or silly mimic; hence, a fool; a dupe.
- To imitate servilely; mimic, as an ape imitates human actions.
- Synonyms Mimic, etc.
- n. Gunnera petaloidea, a plant of the high mountain slopes of Hawaii, bearing large, broad, reniform leaves from two to three feet in width.
- n. A name in the Hawaiian and Society islands of Alocasia macrorhiza, an aroid plant with large, oval, sagittate leaves.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. imitate uncritically and in every aspect
- v. represent in or produce a caricature of
- n. any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
- n. person who resembles a nonhuman primate
- n. someone who copies the words or behavior of another
Middle English, from Old English apa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English apa ("ape, monkey"), from Proto-Germanic *apô (“monkey, ape”), from Proto-Indo-European *abō- (“ape”). Cognate with Dutch aap ("monkey, ape"), Low German ape ("ape"), German Affe ("monkey, ape"), Swedish apa ("ape"), Icelandic api ("ape"). (Wiktionary)