- 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
For example, fossils show how apes came to walk upright over millions of years, leading to the evolution of humans.
I worry too for the charismatic species—elephants, whales, dolphins, the great apes—whose habitats are being plundered.
These pie charts tally the methods seven apes used on their crossings.Analyze This: Ropes restore a gibbon highway through a rainforest|Carolyn Wilke|November 11, 2020|Science News For Students
Murphy had worked with great apes since her first zoo post at Zoo New England in Boston, Mass.When physicians and veterinarians team up, all species benefit|Liz Devitt|November 5, 2020|Science News For Students
The majority of modern mammals—about 70 percent—aren’t social creatures, Weaver says, and the trait was previously believed to have evolved at the same time as the placental group of mammals, which includes humans and other apes.
His first recordings were a classic case of trying too hard, aping the Bluebird beat.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The person aping me seemed to be a bored young male, possibly living in a suburb.
Because “incidents [like Guwahati] are a result of blindly aping the West.”
The blind aping, of course, that erodes our ever-worshipful Indian culture and drives our ever-respectful men to rape.
We can spend our free time campaigning against sex trafficking, or be a drug-soaked party girl aping the lap dancers.
Varna is such a town as only could have been devised by a nomadic race aping the habits of civilized nations.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
The usual meaning of the word to the Greek, as to the modern, seems to be little more than an aping or mimicking.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance|Donald Lemen Clark
It is sound, perhaps it may even be fine sound, yet it signifies nothing: it is as the painted face aping true beauty.Spirit and Music|H. Ernest Hunt
Val leaned back in her chair, wondering if Julia was annoyed at Scherer's aping of Ethan.The Open Question|Elizabeth Robins
In Washington the servants are blacks; irresponsible, childlike, aping the vanities of the white people.As A Chinaman Saw Us|Anonymous