Meaning of MONKEY in English
/ ˈmʌŋki; NAmE / noun
an animal with a long tail, that climbs trees and lives in hot countries. There are several types of monkey and they are related to apes and humans.
( informal ) a child who is active and likes playing tricks on people :
Come here, you cheeky little monkey!
( BrE , slang ) £500
- I don't / couldn't give a monkey's
- make a monkey (out) of sb
—more at brass
mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin, perhaps from Low German .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005