Meaning of MONKEY in English


n. & v.

--n. (pl. -eys)

1. any of various New World and Old World primates esp. of the families Cebidae (including capuchins), Callitrichidae (including marmosets and tamarins), and Cercopithecidae (including baboons and apes).

2 a mischievous person, esp. a child (young monkey).

3 sl. a Brit. {pound}500. b US $500.

4 (in full monkey engine) a machine hammer for pile-driving etc.

--v. (-eys, -eyed)

1. tr. mimic or mock.

2 intr. (often foll. by with) tamper or play mischievous tricks.

3 intr. (foll. by around, about) fool around.

Phrases and idioms:

have a monkey on one's back sl. be a drug addict. make a monkey of humiliate by making appear ridiculous. monkey bread the baobab tree or its fruit. monkey business colloq. mischief. monkey flower a mimulus, esp. Mimulus cardinalis, with bright yellow flowers. monkey-jacket a short close-fitting jacket worn by sailors etc. or at a mess. monkey-nut a peanut. monkey-puzzle a coniferous tree, Araucaria araucaria, native to Chile, with downward-pointing branches and small close-set leaves. monkey-suit colloq. evening dress. monkey tricks colloq. mischief. monkey wrench a wrench with an adjustable jaw.


monkeyish adj.

Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn. (perh. LG)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.