Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
  2. (noun, person) someone who copies the words or behavior of another
  3. (noun, person) person who resembles a nonhuman primate
  4. (verb, stative) imitate uncritically and in every aspect
  5. (verb, communication) represent in or produce a caricature of

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Alternate forms of Ape

Derivations: ape, aper, apery

Hyponyms: anthropoid ape, epigon, epigone, parrot

Hypernyms: imitate, individual, misfit, mock, mortal, person, primate, somebody, someone, soul

Origin of the word Ape

  1. O.E. apa, from P.Gmc. *apan (cf. O.S. apo, O.N. api, Du. aap, Ger. affe), perhaps borrowed in P.Gmc. from Celtic (cf. O.Ir. apa) or Slavic (cf. O.Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), probably ult. from a non-I.E. language. The verb "to imitate" (1630s) is implied in to play the ape (1570s), and the noun sense of "one… more

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Words that sound like Ape

a few, aave, ab, aba, abaya, abb, abbe, abbey, abo, above, aby, abye, afp, ahab, apia, av, avahi, avo, avow

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