Adjective "ape" definition and examples

(Ape may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A large primate that lacks a tail, including the gorilla, chimpanzees, orangutan, and gibbons.
  1. 'He obviously has great love for the apes and monkeys he's known, and his pictures and anecdotes invite the reader to feel, rightly, that primates are members of our own extended family.'
  2. 'Chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans are all different species of apes.'
  3. 'Sometimes it's as interesting to study primate researchers as it is to study the apes, baboons, and monkeys.'
  4. 'Fermenting fruit (high in sugars and calories) can be a significant source of energy for monkeys and apes.'
  5. 'In fact, Huxley argued, a human differs much less from an ape, such as a chimpanzee or gorilla, than an ape does from a baboon.'
  6. 'Like humans, apes and monkeys have to live in complex social groupings in which guile is needed to get ahead or simply to survive.'
  7. 'We already know that monkeys and apes have remarkable levels of intelligence.'
  8. 'Most experts believe the unusual band of apes are giant chimpanzees that display gorilla-like behavior.'
  9. 'Some apes, such as gorillas, showed no self-recognition whatsoever.'
  10. 'Orangutans are big apes, adult males can weigh over 80 kilograms and spend about 80% of their waking hours feeding their bulk.'
  11. 'Like other primates, these apes exhibit humanlike qualities - from careful parenting to the use of tools.'
  12. 'There are UK warships at harbour here, and off duty squaddies roaring around the streets on mopeds, but what we really came to see is apes, Barbary Apes.'
  13. 'After all, our two species are different, no matter how anthropomorphic the apes from the advert appeared.'
  14. 'Generally all the apes are endangered and vulnerable.'
  15. '‘There was talk of computer generated apes,’ he reports.'
An unintelligent or clumsy person.
  1. 'The million or so who voted for the party last year aren't all knuckle-dragging racist apes.'
  2. 'Comparing primates to humans makes apes of us all.'
An inferior imitator or mimic.
  1. 'It is not God, but the Ape of God that speaks here.'
  2. 'Prejudice, according to such an account of it, is the ape of reason'


Imitate (someone or something), especially in an absurd or unthinking way.
  1. 'When he first started trying to make music, he aped American hip-hop and went nowhere.'
  2. 'They admit that aping the president was at first a touchy subject.'
  3. 'A growing number of women are now aping the worst excesses of binge-drinking men.'
  4. 'Startled women tend to mimic those around them, aping relatives or imitating things they see on TV.'
  5. 'It was there that he and academic colleagues researched high performance pattern-matching by aping the electronic impulses in the brain.'
  6. 'Some may even be cheap knock-offs, made in imitation of the originals by later peoples who didn't understand the theory, and just aped the outside trappings.'
  7. 'Most of the show's highlights came from Dennis, particularly when he aped the walk of a vicious flesh-eating dinosaur from Jurassic Park.'
  8. 'On the other hand, I've lost count of the number of bands I've seen blatantly aping the sound of the moment.'
  9. 'I think the reason that they top the whole Douglas franchise is that they're aping adventure flicks of the '30s, and fairly well, at that.'
  10. 'This was the reason why some of the Western observers had paid such attention to the Russian political groups which, in their appearance and through the use of symbols, aped the German Nazi.'

More definitions

1. any of a group of anthropoid primates characterized by long arms, a broad chest, and the absence of a tail, comprising the family Pongidae (great ape) which includes the chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan, and the family Hylobatidae (lesser ape) which includes the gibbon and siamang.

2. (loosely) any primate except humans.

3. an imitator; mimic.

4. Informal. a big, ugly, clumsy person. verb (used with object), aped, aping.

5. to imitate; mimic: to ape another's style of writing.

More examples(as adjective)

"vocalisationses can be ape."


Old English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.


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