verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
Origin of ape
Examples from the Web for apelike
Anatomically we find that we must place man with the apelike mammals, because of these numerous points of structural likeness.A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
The big, apelike thug who was holding the shotgun had a chance to pull the trigger once more, but he wasn't aiming very well.That Sweet Little Old Lady|Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
Suspicion growing in his glance, the apelike one continued to eye him.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
Our apelike progenitors had few, if any, flesh foods and only those which they could catch with the hand and eat raw.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
He found the apelike bodyguard stretched out on a bunk, a vacant smile on his face.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
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.