See under ape.
Words nearby lesser ape
Definition for lesser ape (2 of 2)
[ eyp ]
/ 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.
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 apeape·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lesser ape
/ (eɪp) /
(tr) to imitate
Derived forms of apeapelike, adjective
Word Origin for ape
Old English apa; related to Old Saxon ape, Old Norse api, Old High German affo
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