great ape


noun

any of several apes of the family Pongidae, characterized by a relatively hairless face with protrusive lips and by hands with complex fingerprints and flat nails, including the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.

Origin of great ape

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for great ape (2 of 2)

ape
[ eyp ]
/ eɪp /

noun

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.

Origin of ape

before 900; Middle English; Old English apa; cognate with Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Old High German affo (German Affe)

OTHER WORDS FROM ape

ape·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for great ape (1 of 2)

ape
/ (eɪp) /

noun

any of various primates, esp those of the family Pongidae, in which the tail is very short or absentSee anthropoid ape See also great ape
(not in technical use) any monkey
an imitator; mimic
US informal a coarse, clumsy, or rude person

verb

(tr) to imitate

Derived forms of ape

apelike, adjective

Word Origin for ape

Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo

British Dictionary definitions for great ape (2 of 2)

great ape

noun

any of the larger anthropoid apes, such as the chimpanzee, orang-utan, or gorilla
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Science definitions for great ape

great ape
[ grāt ]

See anthropoid ape.
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