ape

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ape \Ape\ ([=a]p), noun [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.]

1. (Zool.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family {Simiad[ae]}, 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}.

Note: The ape of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms.

2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic. --Byron.

3. A dupe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ape \Ape\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Aped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aping}.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. "How he apes his sire." --Addison.

The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ape

noun

1: any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

2: someone who copies the words or behavior of another [syn: {copycat}, {imitator}, {emulator}, {ape}, {aper}]

3: person who resembles a nonhuman primate [syn: {anthropoid}, {ape}]

verb

1: imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little brother apes her behavior"

2: represent in or produce a caricature of; "The drawing caricatured the President" [syn: {caricature}, {ape}]


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