He was sorry for the poor little maid who had aped the ways of the grown-up.
Her backwoods twang sharpened as she aped some contemporary witch.
But the ladies within Ludgate not only aped them in this fashion, but added thereto a gold embroidery and jewels.
He was Italian to the core, for all that he aped the English style and manner.
There was, however, less of assumption in his lowliness than in his loftiness; his was never "a pride that aped humility."
Yes; and found it the biggest humbug that ever aped Gods grass.
All who served the Great Adventurer gave it the first place in their consideration, and de Casimir only aped his betters.
Treenail was coolness itself, and I aped him as well as I could.
You of all men were the most incapable of making your way; I aped a poor model indeed.
He had once been on a steamboat and so aped the airs of the steamboat waiters.
Old English apa "ape, monkey," from Proto-Germanic *apan (cf. Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Dutch aap, German affe), perhaps borrowed in Proto-Germanic from Celtic (cf. Old Irish apa) or Slavic (cf. Old Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), perhaps ultimately from a non-Indo-European language.
Apes were noted in medieval times for mimicry of human action, hence, perhaps, the other figurative use of the word, to mean "a fool." To go ape (in emphatic form, go apeshit) "go crazy" is 1955, U.S. slang. To lead apes in hell (1570s) was the fancied fate of one who died an old maid.
"to imitate," 1630s, but the notion is implied earlier, e.g. to play the ape (1570s), Middle English apeshipe "ape-like behavior, simulation" (mid-15c.); and the noun sense of "one who mimics" may date from early 13c. Related: Aped; aping.
an animal of the monkey tribe (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). It was brought from India by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram, and was called by the Hebrews _koph_, and by the Greeks _kepos_, both words being just the Indian Tamil name of the monkey, kapi, i.e., swift, nimble, active. No species of ape has ever been found in Palestine or the adjacent regions.