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Webster 1913 Edition


Ape

Ape

(āp)
,
Noun.
[AS.
apa
; akin to D.
aap
, OHG.
affo
, G.
affe
, Icel.
api
, Sw.
apa
, Dan.
abe
, W.
epa
.]
1.
(Zool.)
A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family
Simiadæ
, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus
Hylobates
, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called
anthropoid apes
or
man apes
.
☞ The
ape
of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms.
2.
One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic.
Byron.
3.
A dupe.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Ape

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Aped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Aping
.]
To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.
“How he apes his sire.”
Addison.
The people of England will not
ape
the fashions they have never tried.
Burke.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ape

APE

, n.
1.
A genus of quadrupeds, found in the torrid zone of both continents, of a great variety of species. In common use, the word extends to all the tribe of monkeys and baboons; but in zoology, ape is limited to such of these animals as have no tails; while those with short tails are called baboons, and those with long ones, monkeys. These animals have four cutting teeth in each jaw, and two canine teeth, with obtuse grinders. The feet are formed like hands, with four fingers and a thumb, and flat nails. Apes are lively, full of frolic and chatter, generally untamable, thieving and mischievous. They inhabit the forests, and live on fruits, leaves and insects.
2.
One who imitates servilely, in allusion to the manners of the ape; a silly fellow.

APE

,
Verb.
T.
To imitate servilely; to mimic, as an ape imitates human actions. Weak persons are always prone to ape foreigners.

Definition 2022


Ape

Ape

See also: ape, apê, apë, åpe, and a pé

Italian

Proper noun

Ape f (plural Api)

  1. a tricycle scooter with a cab for the driver and a pickup truck body over the rear wheels; used as a light delivery van and for small-scale agricultural tasks

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Latvian

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Ape f (5th declension)

  1. A town in Latvia near the border with Estonia.

ape

ape

See also: Ape, apê, apë, åpe, and a pé

English

an ape
the silvery gibbon (1)

Noun

ape (plural apes)

  1. A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
  2. Any such primate other than a human.
  3. (derogatory) An uncivilised person.

Hyponyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:ape

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

ape (third-person singular simple present apes, present participle aping, simple past and past participle aped)

  1. (intransitive) To behave like an ape.
  2. (transitive) To imitate; mimic.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 454,
      It is not conceived as a mere “aping” in externals nor as an enacting in the sense of assuming a foreign role.

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

ape (not comparable)

  1. Wild; crazy.
    We were ape over the new look.
    He went ape when he heard the bad news.

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Anagrams


Afrikaans

Noun

ape

  1. plural of aap

Corsican

Noun

ape

  1. plural of apa

Finnish

(index ap)

Etymology

appaa + -e

Noun

ape

  1. horse feed
  2. (colloquial) food

Declension

Inflection of ape (Kotus type 48/hame, pp-p gradation)
nominative ape appeet
genitive appeen appeiden
appeitten
partitive apetta appeita
illative appeeseen appeisiin
appeihin
singular plural
nominative ape appeet
accusative nom. ape appeet
gen. appeen
genitive appeen appeiden
appeitten
partitive apetta appeita
inessive appeessa appeissa
elative appeesta appeista
illative appeeseen appeisiin
appeihin
adessive appeella appeilla
ablative appeelta appeilta
allative appeelle appeille
essive appeena appeina
translative appeeksi appeiksi
instructive appein
abessive appeetta appeitta
comitative appeineen

Interlingua

Noun

ape (plural apes)

  1. bee

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Italian

Etymology

From Latin apis, apem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈaːpe]

Noun

ape f (plural api)

  1. (zoology) bee
  2. (familiar) honeybee

Synonyms

  • (2) ape da miele, ape domestica

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Latin

Verb

ape

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of apō

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Neapolitan

Noun

ape

  1. plural of apa

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aːpe/

Etymology 1

From Old Norse api.

Noun

ape f, m (definite singular apa or apen, indefinite plural aper, definite plural apene)

  1. ape, monkey

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Etymology 2

Verb

ape (imperative ap, present tense aper, passive apes, simple past apa or apet or apte, past participle apa or apet or apt, present participle apende)

  1. to ape, mimic or imitate.

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Old Norse api.

Noun

ape m (definite singular apen, indefinite plural apar, definite plural apane)

ape f (definite singular apa, indefinite plural aper, definite plural apene)

  1. ape, monkey

Related terms

Etymology 2

Alternative forms

Verb

ape

  1. to ape, mimic or imitate.
Conjugation

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Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈape]

Noun

ape f pl

  1. plural of apă