the fur of certain species of such long-haired animals.
a person whose behavior is likened to such an animal, as a mischievous, agile child or a mimic: My nephew is the most adorable little monkey—he'll try to climb anything he can reach.
Disparaging and Offensive. (used as a slur against a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, especially a Black person.)
a dance, deriving from the twist, in which the partners move their hands as if climbing a pole and jerk their heads back and forth.
Slang. an addiction to narcotics.
any of various mechanical devices, as the ram of a pile driver.
Coal Mining. a small passageway or opening.
British Slang. the sum of 500 pounds.
Australian Informal. a sheep.
Informal. to play or trifle idly; fool (often followed by around or with).
Idioms about monkey
a monkey on one's back, Slang.
an addiction to a drug or drugs; narcotic dependency.
an enduring and often vexing habit or urge.
a burdensome problem, situation, or responsibility; personal affliction or hindrance.
make a monkey out of, to cause to appear ridiculous; make a fool of.: Also make a monkey of.
- mon·key·ish, adjective
- mon·key·ish·ly, adverb
- mon·key·ish·ness, noun
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How to use monkey in a sentence
Musk has already said the project allowed a monkey to control a computer device with its mind, and as the New York Times reported in 2019, Neuralink has demonstrated a system with 1,500 electrodes connected to a lab rat.Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain | Rebecca Heilweil | August 28, 2020 | Vox
On the whole, monkeys in the groups that faced one or two stressors clung less to their mothers and more readily explored their new surroundings — showing less anxiety — than both the no-stress and the two high-stress groups.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life | Esther Landhuis | August 28, 2020 | Science News
Studies in rodents and monkeys had shown that adversity early in life throws the HPA axis off-kilter.
So the team studied squirrel monkeys that had not yet reached puberty.A bit of stress may help young people build resilience | Esther Landhuis | August 27, 2020 | Science News For Students
Remdesivir, however, was more potent in human lung cells, while GS-441524 was more potent in the monkey cells.How two coronavirus drugs for cats might help humans fight COVID-19 | Erin Garcia de Jesus | August 11, 2020 | Science News
This has occurred with bean bag chairs, children's sweaters, and the Coco The monkey Teething Toy.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns | Cliff Schecter | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Using skewers/tooth picks, attach monkey bread, Cinnabons, and churros to battleship.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship | Harley Morenstein | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In July 1925, the town hosted the Scopes monkey Trial, a landmark case in the history of creationism.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers | Michael Schulson | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The monkey seemed to be sticking his tongue out at me in defiance.
I had no way of knowing—or even asking—if they had mistaken this monkey-faced avatar for me.
But the greatest danger I ever underwent in that kingdom was from a monkey, who belonged to one of the clerks of the kitchen.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
So when Yung Pak's father made him a present of a monkey—a real monkey—alive—he just danced with glee.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
After a little while Yung Pak got used to these "monkey shines," and he knew that his pet would not stay away long after mealtime.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
And here M. Barbiche suddenly threw himself into the attitude of an enraged and aggressive monkey.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Every night when he goes to bed, the monkey curls himself up by his side and lies there till morning.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for monkey
any primate except man
a naughty or mischievous person, esp a child
the head of a pile-driver (monkey engine) or of some similar mechanical device
(modifier) nautical denoting a small light structure or piece of equipment contrived to suit an immediate purpose: a monkey foresail; a monkey bridge
US and Canadian slang an addict's dependence on a drug
slang a butt of derision; someone made to look a fool (esp in the phrase make a monkey of)
slang (esp in bookmaking) £500
US and Canadian slang $500
Australian slang, archaic a sheep
give a monkey's British slang to care about or regard as important: who gives a monkey's what he thinks?
have a monkey on one's back slang
to be troubled by a persistent problem
US and Canadian to be addicted to a drug
(intr; usually foll by around, with, etc) to meddle, fool, or tinker
(tr) rare to imitate; ape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with monkey
In addition to the idioms beginning with monkey
- monkey business
- monkey on one's back
- fool (monkey) around
- make a fool (monkey) of
- more fun than a barrel of monkeys
- throw a monkey wrench
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