verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
- violently emotional: When she threatened to leave him, he went ape.
- extremely enthusiastic (often followed by over or for): They go ape over old rock music.We were all ape for the new movie trailer.
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Origin of ape
usage note for ape
OTHER WORDS FROM apeape·like, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for ape
It turned out to be a roughly 13-million-year-old molar from a small-bodied ape related to modern gibbons.
After finding the Ramnagar molar in 2015, Gilbert’s team compared it with corresponding teeth of living and extinct apes and monkeys.
People would gather to watch the apes in Rwanda’s national parks.How to find the next pandemic virus before it finds us|Lindsey Konkel|April 30, 2020|Science News For Students
But a series of misunderstandings triggers an all-out war between man and ape, threatening the future of mankind.
Yup, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared President Obama to an ape.Fringe Factor: Convicted Killer, Registered Sex Offender Runs for California Governor|Caitlin Dickson|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If only Charlton Heston had been there to shriek something about overthrowing our ape overlords.
In his more-than-a-dozen books, he has thoughtfully mined the goings-on of the ape world for insights about the human one.
He self-consciously tries to ape the mannerisms of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán|Malcolm Forbes|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The ape's vocal cords, which now were Bentley's, were incapable of speech.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
It is the passion of the body swamping the brain; it's an ape that has seized a gun, a beautiful modern gun.The Passionate Friends|Herbert George Wells
By-and-by the ape came to visit the crab, and seeing the fine tree laden with the yellow-brown fruit, begged a few.Japanese Fairy World|William Elliot Griffis
The ape and the tiger, in fact, are not dead in any one of us.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day|Evelyn Underhill
The teeth strengthen the evidence, for they are described as too large for a man and too small for an ape.Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane