from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling an ape.
- adj. Slavishly or foolishly imitative: "My own performances were apish imitations of Olivier's stirring cadences” ( Robert Brustein).
- adj. Silly; outlandish.
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- adj. Resembling or characteristic of an ape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the qualities of an ape; prone to imitate in a servile manner. Hence: Apelike; fantastically silly; foppish; affected; trifling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the qualities of an ape; inclined to imitate in a servile manner; hence, foolishly foppish, affected, or trifling: as, apish manners.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being or given to servile imitation
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According to Locke, dance teachers should eliminate “apish affected postures” and “the jigging part” that leads children away from “perfect graceful carriage.”
A twisted and wizened complex of apish features, perforated by upturned, sky-open, Mongolian nostrils, by a mouth that sagged from a huge upper-lip and faded precipitately into a retreating chin, by peering querulous eyes that blinked as blink the eyes of denizens of monkey-cages.
It is a sad sad day when our only saviour against the primitive apish hordes leaves us defenceless.
She is hideously ugly, apish, dirt-caked, a pig's tail thrust in her ear lobe hole, still dripping blood.
Between the boards, of course, there was a continuous gap, which, upon first discovering it, I hailed with the blissful howling of ignorance; however, this gap was not wide enough for me to slip even my tail through it, nor was I able to widen it with all my apish strength.
My ape nature, rolling head over heels, rushed out of me and away, so that my first tutor almost turned apish himself in the process, soon gave up teaching, and had to be carted off to a mental hospital.
When I come home late at night from banquets, from scientific societies, from social get-togethers, a small, half-trained female chimpanzee is waiting for me, and I have a good time with her in apish fashion.
You have accorded me the honor of asking me to submit to the Academy a report on my previous apish life.
He lurched over to me at the bar and got regular for a second: “This afternoon the bitch told me I was an apish brute,” he said.
“I will do no such apish tricks upon commandment, as an ape is made to come aloft.”