- of or relating to an ape or monkey.
- characteristic of apes or monkeys: long, simian fingers.
- an ape or monkey.
Origin of simian
Examples from the Web for simian
After Justice and Simian won Best Video for “We Are Your Friends,” West crashed the stage with an “Aw, hell naw!”6 Classic Kanye Freakouts
The Daily Beast Video
September 14, 2009
The Harvard hellions (it is his own term) were indefatigable, simian, pitiless.Gigolo
But the curiosity of a simian is as excessive as the toil of an ant.
They will use up a lot of it in a simian habit3 called travel.
Consider the simian amorousness of Jupiter, and the brawls on Olympus.
Whatever a simian does, there must always be some talking about it.
- of, relating to, or resembling a monkey or apeAlso (rare): simious (ˈsɪmɪəs)
- a monkey or ape
Word Origin and History for simian
"characteristic of monkeys or apes," c.1600, from Latin simia "ape," from simus "snub-nosed," from Greek simos "snub-nosed" (like the Scythians), also a masculine proper name, of unknown origin. Biological meaning "pertaining to monkeys" is from 1863. The noun meaning "an ape or monkey" first is attested in 1880.
- Resembling or characteristic of apes or monkeys.
- An ape or monkey. Ther term simian is no longer used in scientific contexts. Compare prosimian.