monkey


monkey
monkeyish, adj.monkeyishly, adv.monkeyishness, n.
/mung"kee/, n., pl. monkeys, v., monkeyed, monkeying.
n.
1. any mammal of the order Primates, including the guenons, macaques, langurs, and capuchins, but excluding humans, the anthropoid apes, and, usually, the tarsier and prosimians. Cf. New World monkey, Old World monkey.
2. the fur of certain species of such long-haired animals.
3. a person likened to such an animal, as a mischievous, agile child or a mimic.
4. a dance, deriving from the twist, in which the partners move their hands as if climbing a pole and jerk their heads back and forth.
5. Slang. an addiction to narcotics.
6. any of various mechanical devices, as the ram of a pile driver.
7. Coal Mining. a small passageway or opening.
8. Brit. Slang. the sum of 500 pounds.
9. Australian Informal. a sheep.
10. a monkey on one's back, Slang.
a. an addiction to a drug or drugs; narcotic dependency.
b. an enduring and often vexing habit or urge.
c. a burdensome problem, situation, or responsibility; personal affliction or hindrance.
11. make a monkey out of, to cause to appear ridiculous; make a fool of. Also, make a monkey of.
v.i.
12. Informal. to play or trifle idly; fool (often fol. by around or with).
v.t.
13. to imitate; ape; mimic.
14. to mock.
[1520-30; appar. < LG; cf. MLG Moneke (name of son of Martin the Ape in the story of Reynard), equiv. to mone- (akin to obs. F monne she-ape, Sp, Pg mono ape) + -ke dim. suffix]

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Any member of two tropical anthropoid primate groups: Old World monkeys and New World monkeys.

Almost all species are tropical or subtropical, and almost all are diurnal. Most species are arboreal, using all four limbs to leap from tree to tree. They can sit upright and stand erect. Most species run along branches rather than swinging arm over arm like the apes. Monkeys are highly social omnivores, organized in clans as large as several hundred individuals headed by an old male. Sexually mature males of all species are always potent, and all nonpregnant females have a monthly menstrual cycle. Most species bear a single young, which is reared by the mother for years.
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(as used in expressions)

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      title of an English translation of the classic Chinese comic novel Xiyouji.

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