having the qualities, appearance, or ways of an ape.
slavishly imitative.
foolishly affected; silly.

Origin of apish

First recorded in 1525–35; ape + -ish1
Related formsap·ish·ly, adverbap·ish·ness, noun
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Related Words for apish

slavish, emulative

Examples from the Web for apish

Historical Examples of apish

  • This could not be relaxed, for he was full of the most apish tricks.

  • To the west the apish Atlanteans are beginning the long climb upward.

    The Hyborian Age

    Robert E. Howard

  • They got noisy, cheered every apish witticism of the lecturer—oh!

    A Lost Cause

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Do you see how it imitates the divine in an apish sort of way?

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • His neck and shoulders were brutal, like those of some apish god.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for apish



stupid; foolish
resembling an ape
slavishly imitative
Derived Formsapishly, adverbapishness, noun
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