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noun (plural monkeys)
1a small to medium-sized primate that typically has a long tail, most kinds of which live in trees in tropical countries.
- Families Cebidae and Callitrichidae (or Callithricidae) ( New World monkeys, with prehensile tails), and Cercopithecidae ( Old World monkeys, without prehensile tails)
(in general use) any primate. a mischievous person, especially a child:where have you been, you little monkey! a person who is dominated or controlled by another (with reference to the monkey traditionally kept by an organ grinder). 2a pile-driving machine consisting of a heavy hammer or ram working vertically in a groove.
verb (monkeys, monkeying, monkeyed) [no object] (monkey around/about)
behave in a silly or playful way.
) tamper with:don’t monkey with that lock!
[with object] archaic ape; mimic.