verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
Origin of ape
Examples from the Web for aped
There is an air about them that is aped and copied, but it is not hard to distinguish the real from the imitation.My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
Lily aped the manners of girls who had long since graduated from school and were flashy in their dress and manners.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
His foible was omnipotence, and he aped the gods of Greece in turn.
She was by no means attractive, and in her dress she aped somewhat the man.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer|Richard Clynton
On a small scale, he aped the manners subsequently adopted by Yakoob Beg.The Life of Yakoob Beg|Demetrius Boulger
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.