Dictionary.com

monkeyshine

[ muhng-kee-shahyn ]
/ ˈmʌŋ kiˌʃaɪn /
Save This Word!

noun
Usually monkeyshines . a frivolous or mischievous prank; monkey business.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of monkeyshine

First recorded in 1820–30; monkey + shine1 (in the sense of “a foolish prank”)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use monkeyshine in a sentence

  • His achievements had won for him a certain respect even from the officers whom he amused with his 49 monkeyshines.

    The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote
  • Run, then; an' if Job abuses you, just let me know it, an' I'll keep him from cuttin' up any monkeyshines.

    Toby Tyler|James Otis
  • In a mild way we and our fool monkeyshines came to be a well-known institution.

    Gold|Stewart White
FEEDBACK