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monkey

[ muhng-kee ]
/ 藞m蕦艐 ki /
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noun, plural mon路keys.
verb (used without object), mon路keyed, mon路key路ing.
Informal. to play or trifle idly; fool (often followed by around or with).
verb (used with object), mon路keyed, mon路key路ing.
to mock.
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Idioms about monkey

    a monkey on one's back, Slang.
    1. an addiction to a drug or drugs; narcotic dependency.
    2. an enduring and often vexing habit or urge.
    3. 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.

Origin of monkey

First recorded in 1520鈥30; origin uncertain; possibly from Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke (name of son of Martin the Ape in the story of Reynard the Fox), equivalent to mone- (akin to obsolete French monne 鈥渟he-ape,鈥 Spanish, Portuguese mono 鈥渁pe鈥) + -ke diminutive suffix

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OTHER WORDS FROM monkey

mon路key路ish, adjectivemon路key路ish路ly, adverbmon路key路ish路ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monkey

monkey
/ (藞m蕦艐k瑟) /

noun
verb
(intr; usually foll by around, with, etc) to meddle, fool, or tinker
(tr) rare to imitate; ape

Word Origin for monkey

C16: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke name of the ape's son in the tale of Reynard the Fox
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