mon*key \ ˈməŋ-kē \
circa 1530{ds||1||}
  • a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers; especially : any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes
  • a person resembling a monkey
  • a ludicrous figure : dupe


monkey \
circa 1658{ds|t|||}
  • mimic, mock
  • to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner
  • fool, trifle —often used with around

monkey bars

plural noun
monkey bars \
  • a three-dimensional framework of horizontal and vertical bars from which children can hang and swing

monkey business

monkey business \
  • shenanigan

monkey jacket

monkey jacket \
circa 1822
  • mess jacket

monkey puzzle

monkey puzzle \
  • a tall araucaria (Araucaria araucana) that is native to Chile and western Argentina but widely grown elsewhere —called also monkey puzzle tree

monkey wrench

monkey wrench \
circa 1807{ds||1||}
  • a wrench with one fixed and one adjustable jaw at right angles to a straight handle
  • something that disrupts

monkey about

phrasal verb
monkey about \
  • to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time

monkey about with (something)

phrasal verb
monkey about with (something) \
  • to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious
  • to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way

monkey around

phrasal verb
monkey around \
  • to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time
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