noun[mass noun] • informal
- Mischievous or deceitful behaviour: she wasn’t going to have any monkey business where the reputation of her only daughter was concernedMore example sentences
mischief, misbehaviour, mischievousness, devilry, devilment, rascality, tomfoolery; dishonesty, trickery, misconduct, misdemeanour, chicanery, skulduggeryNorth American • informal monkeyshines
- It seems that 2003 is off to a good start as, this week, DJs big and small will provide many a chance for tomfoolery and monkey business.
- I think that when you have the television screens in the courtroom, less monkey business goes on.
- When you look at these pictures, you know there was no monkey business, and that I was not sneaking around trying to steal pictures of people.