Meaning of MONKEY in English


I. ˈməŋ-kē noun

( plural monkeys )

Etymology: probably of Low German origin; akin to Moneke, name of an ape, probably of Romance origin; akin to Old Spanish mona monkey

Date: circa 1530

1. : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers ; especially : any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes


a. : a person resembling a monkey

b. : a ludicrous figure : dupe

3. : any of various machines, implements, or vessels ; especially : the falling weight of a pile driver

4. : a desperate desire for or addiction to drugs — often used in the phrase monkey on one's back ; broadly : a persistent or annoying encumbrance or problem

II. verb

( mon·keyed ; mon·key·ing )

Date: 1859

transitive verb

: mimic , mock

intransitive verb

1. : to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner


a. : fool , trifle — often used with around

b. : tamper — usually used with with

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