from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In an apish manner; in the manner of an ape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In an apish manner; with servile imitation; foppishly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In an apish manner; with silly imitation; foppishly.
Note: 45. 'apishly': with silly or ridiculous imitation.
I can imagine it was hard to muster up a lot of enthusiasm on the set as they alternated between images of him shuffling through the shadows of a basement, long hair swinging apishly around him, and images of the poorly constructed mask of duct tape his character uses when kidnapping his next victim.
But his arms were apishly strong, and his brain still worked.
The behaviour of my lord to her, and of her to my lord, is free, yet respectful; and affectionate, but not apishly fond.
At last bolted in a shameless rascal, one of no grace either in words or gesture, and truly worthy of the house where he was; he also set up his voice, 'till apishly composing himself, as if he intended somewhat to the company, he mouth'd out these verses:
Laventhrope's son, and the King would give vent to some especially fat-witted jest, and Ormskirk would apishly grin and applaud.
"Get a good dinner into you, lad, and then come and talk to me," he said, putting a great paw on my shoulder, and leering apishly.
In their infancy they begin to imitate the real animals about them, as my little girl made the cats and mice, but with an under-current of partial superstition -- a sense that there must be more in the creatures than they can see; also they catch up vividly any of the fancies of the baser nations round them, and repeat these more or less apishly, yet rapidly naturalizing and beautifying them.
Whereas the steadily immoral effect of the formative art which we learn, more or less apishly, from the French schools, and employ, but too gladly, in manufacturing articles for the amusement of the luxurious classes, must be ranked as one of the chief instruments used by joyful fiends and angry fates for the ruin of our civilization.
Whereas the steadily immoral effect of the formative art which we learn, more or less apishly, from the French schools, and employ, but too gladly, in manufacturing articles for the amusement of the luxurious classes, must be ranked as one of the chief instruments used by joyful fiends and angry fates, for the ruin of our civilization.
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