- any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absent
See anthropoid ape
- (not in technical use) any monkey
- an imitator; mimic
- (transitive) to imitate
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ape /eɪp/USA pronunciation n., v., aped, ap•ing.
n. [countable] Mammalsa manlike animal similar to monkeys, with long arms, a broad chest, and no tail. an imitator;
mimic. Informal Termsa large, clumsy person.
v. [~ + object] to imitate;
mimic:tried to ape the mannerisms of the hostess. idiom
Idioms go ape, Slang. to become violently emotional or angry:My parents will go ape if I stay out that late. Idioms go ape over, [~ + object] to be extremely enthusiastic about:goes ape over rock stars.
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ape /eɪp/ n
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