- 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.
Origin of ape
usage note for ape
OTHER WORDS FROM apeape·like, adjective
How to use ape in a sentence
The researchers interrupted 85 instances of social grooming, in which one ape cleaned another’s fur, and 26 instances of self-grooming or solitary play.Bonobos, much like humans, show commitment to completing a joint task|Bruce Bower|December 18, 2020|Science News
In one 1973 study, for instance, when researchers taught gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees to tap certain photographs for a food reward, spaced training outperformed massed in terms of helping the apes remember which photos to touch.Cramming may help for next-day exams. But for long-term memory, spacing out study is what works.|Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
A 2014 landslide had damaged the preferred route that these tree-dwelling apes took through the forest.Analyze This: Ropes restore a gibbon highway through a rainforest|Carolyn Wilke|November 11, 2020|Science News For Students
Some are from healthy great apes and others from ones with heart disease.
Many of the animals have scarred heart muscle, even young apes, she finds.
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
The bigger one threw a great shadow that aped his gesticulating arms behind him on the greenish faces of the buildings.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
Where answer there was none, he aped the older men, whom he called "Masters," and made shift with more or less cynical guesses.The Open Question|Elizabeth Robins
They only aped their betters in having "nothing to do" with the class immediately below theirs.
She was by no means attractive, and in her dress she aped somewhat the man.The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer|Richard Clynton