verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
- 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.
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Origin of ape
usage note for ape
OTHER WORDS FROM apeape·like, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for ape
There are times when you seem, to us, like apes loose in a museum, carrying knives, slashing the canvases, breaking the statues with hammers.‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a bestseller, but its author, Walter Tevis, was hardly a one-hit wonder|Michael Dirda|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
There are a lot of reasons why this happened, but a smaller reason is because hearing people actively promoted the idea that deaf people looked like monkeys or apes by using their hands to communicate.
I had always thought it was fascinating how apes could communicate with humans at all, but I didn’t do my proper due diligence.
The first ape heart that Kutinsky imaged belonged to a gorilla named Kondu.
Next, Kutinsky wants to study how genes are linked to heart disease in some families of great apes.
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
A long apelike arm came out and caught me by the coat lapels.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
The sinister bead eyes, with brown splotches in their whites, were set wide apart and gleamed apelike under his scant brows.The Clansman|Thomas Dixon
He found the apelike bodyguard stretched out on a bunk, a vacant smile on his face.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
The apelike Pascual, his face a study in curiosity, drew alongside.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey