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/ eɪp /
any of a group of anthropoid primates characterized by long arms, a broad chest, and the absence of a tail, comprising the family Pongidae (great ape), which includes the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan, and the family Hylobatidae (lesser ape), which includes the gibbon and siamang.
(loosely) any primate except humans.
an imitator; mimic.
Informal. a big, ugly, clumsy person.
verb (used with object), aped, ap·ing.
to imitate; mimic: to ape another's style of writing.
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go ape, Slang. to become violently emotional: When she threatened to leave him, he went ape.
go ape over, Slang. to be extremely enthusiastic about: They go ape over old rock music.
Origin of ape
before 900; Middle English; Old English apa; cognate with Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Old High German affo (German Affe)
Related formsape·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go ape
/ (eɪp) /
(tr) to imitate
Derived Formsapelike, adjective
Word Origin for ape
Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo
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Idioms and Phrases with go ape
Become wildly excited or enthusiastic. For example, The audience went ape over the band. This idiom is a modern version of the older go berserk. It fancifully equates frenzy with an ape's behavior. [Second half of 1900s] Also see go bananas.
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