verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
Origin of ape
Examples from the Web for ape
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
Word Origin for ape
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.