Definitions

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  • adj. Similar to an ape in appearance or movement.
  • adj. Given to servile imitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling apes
  • adj. being or given to servile imitation

Etymologies

ape +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Once known as apelike barbarians, the Irish were now able to show themselves as the most selfless and patriotic civil servants.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Beer ads show men grunting like neanderthals, repeating the same word moronically, and generally reveling in a kind of apelike idiocy.

    Philip Slater: Do you have to be Dumb to be a Man?

  • Yet she could not shake off the instinctive fear that arose in her — man's inheritance from the wild and howling ages when his hairy, apelike prototype was afraid of the dark and personified the elements into things of fear.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • But one of the mowing, apelike travesties emitted a wild shriek of madness, and Koolau waited while the shrill cachination was tossed back and forth among the rocky walls and echoed distantly through the pulseless night.

    Koolau the Leper

  • To this triple-A club, allow me to add a “B”—Bigfoot, the apelike creature who walks upright like a man.

    Releasing Your Inner Bigfoot

  • Yet they also talked constantly about how, if the apelike human male were molded correctly by them, could become more female, and therefore more human, then they, the women in my childhood sphere, could then rest well, assured that their Frankenstein monster would dutifully support them in the manner in which they wished to live.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Third, they agree that one of these interventions was the creation of humans, who could not have evolved from apelike ancestors.

    Coyne, at least get your facts straight.

  • No, not all ID proponents agree that humans couldn't have evolved from apelike ancestors.

    Coyne, at least get your facts straight.

  • According to the theory of evolution, these primitive human ancestors evolved over four million years ago from apelike beings.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • It is a depressing fact that while 74 percent of Americans believe that angels exist, only 25 percent accept that we evolved from apelike ancestors.

    RNB Roundup: religious political correctness in England; more religion news

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