ape

[ eyp ]
/ eɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.

to imitate; mimic: to ape another's style of writing.

adjective

Slang. (usually in the phrase go ape)
  1. violently emotional: When she threatened to leave him, he went ape.
  2. 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

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English apa; cognate with Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Old High German affo (German Affe ); further origin uncertain

usage note for ape

OTHER WORDS FROM ape

ape·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ape

ape
/ (eɪp) /

noun

any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absentSee anthropoid ape See also great ape
(not in technical use) any monkey
an imitator; mimic
US informal a coarse, clumsy, or rude person

verb

(tr) to imitate

Derived forms of ape

apelike, adjective

Word Origin for ape

Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo
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