monkey meaning

[ 'mʌŋki ] Pronunciation:   "monkey" in a sentence
  • Noun: monkey (monkeys)  múngkee
    1. Any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians) 
    2. One who is playfully mischievous
      - imp, scamp, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag
    Verb: monkey  múngkee
    1. Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
      - tamper, fiddle 
    2. Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
      - putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey around, muck about, muck around

    Derived forms: monkeyed, monkeys, monkeying

    Type of: child, fry, kid, manipulate, minor, nestling, nipper, primate, shaver, small fry, tiddler [Brit], tike, tyke, wean [UK, Ireland], work, youngster

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  • [American slang]
    n. a playful child. (Also a term of address.)
    • Come here, you little monkey!
    • Hey, monkey, where are you going?

  • [British slang]
    Noun. ¢G500. Occasionally and confusingly also ¢G50.

  • [Medicine]
    A suborder of PRIMATES consisting of six families: CEBIDAE (New World monkeys),CERCOPITHECIDAE (Old World monkeys),HYLOBATIDAE (gibbons and siamangs),PONGIDAE (great apes),TARSIIDAE (tarsiers),and HOMINIDAE (humans). n : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usu. of the lemurs and tarsiers; esp : any of the smaller longer-tailed primates as contrasted with the apes


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  1. listen to the jabber of those monkeys.
  2. monkeys have a natural inclination for climbing ...
  3. altogether we caught ten golden monkeys.
  4. tom went to the zoo to watch the monkeys.
  5. the monkey leaps from branch to branch.

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