noun, plural mon·keys.
verb (used without object), mon·keyed, mon·key·ing.
verb (used with object), mon·keyed, mon·key·ing.
- 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.
Origin of monkey
Related formsmon·key·ish, adjectivemon·key·ish·ly, adverbmon·key·ish·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for monkey
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|DAILY BEAST
The monkey seemed to be sticking his tongue out at me in defiance.
The monkey avatar stared back at me, its tongue lolling out of its mouth.
By the time I discovered I had an impostor, “monkey boy” had been actively tweeting for weeks.
He was often called the Monkey Man because of the primates and other wild animals he kept on his 21-acre property.
The table was all set and Bridget was just going to ring the bell, but the monkey didn't wait for her.
And then he gave us a perfect and laughable description of what must be some creature of the monkey tribe.Adventures in New Guinea|James Chalmers
But, like all other monkeys, he does not quite understand where that monkey conceals itself when he peeps over the glass.The Speech of Monkeys|R. L. Garner
The moment after, the terrible creature touched the floor as lightly as a monkey, on his hands.The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins
The monkey was so startled at the cry that he fell upon the sharp bamboo and was killed.Philippine Folk Tales|Mabel Cook Cole
British Dictionary definitions for monkey
- to be troubled by a persistent problem
- US and Canadian to be addicted to a drug
Word Origin for monkey
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