- 1A large primate that lacks a tail, including the gorilla, chimpanzees, orangutan, and gibbons. See also great ape, gibbon.
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- Families Pongidae and Hylobatidae
- Mother apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, humans - dote on their babies.
- 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.
- Displays of deep caring and empathy across the generations are common in gorillas, and in the other African apes (chimpanzees and bonobos) as well.
- 1.1Used in names of macaque monkeys with short tails, e.g., Barbary ape.More example sentences
- 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.
- Barbary apes live in Morocco and north Algeria.
- The Celebes Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra) is also known as the Crested Black Macaque, Sulawesi Crested Macaque, or the Black 'Ape'.
- 1.2(In general use) any monkey.More example sentences
- ‘There was talk of computer generated apes,’ he reports.
- Generally all the apes are endangered and vulnerable.
- You seem to be wary of anthropomorphising apes.
- 1.3An unintelligent or clumsy person.More example sentences
- The million or so who voted for the party last year aren't all knuckle-dragging racist apes.
- If so why is she drooling over this ape of a man who is so Neanderthal, he can't string more than two words together.
- Comparing primates to humans makes apes of us all.
- 1.4 • archaic An inferior imitator or mimic: cunning is but the ape of wisdomMore example sentences
- It is not God, but the Ape of God that speaks here.
- If unskilfully and casually treated, it will be but the ape of nature.
- Prejudice, according to such an account of it, is the ape of reason
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- Imitate the behavior or manner of (someone or something), especially in an absurd or unthinking way: new architecture can respect the old without aping its styleMore example sentences
- Startled women tend to mimic those around them, aping relatives or imitating things they see on TV.
- But the Birmingham group is not just aping the capital; it has identified its own priorities, based on interviews with 3,000 people.
- Becoming less self-obsessed, learning from failures and aping successful people's body language works as well in the boardroom as the singles bar.
- • informal Express wild excitement or anger: your kids will go ape over these Popsicles! a washerwoman gone ape with a butcher knifeMore example sentences
- The slobs who frequent this place would go apeshit over a beauty like you.
- I jiggle up and down as best I can, as the seething crowd below me goes apeshit.
- The legal group and the protestors then burst into shouts and started going apeshit.
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- We now know that Neanderthals were not ape-like.
- The early humanoids traditionally characterised as ape-like brutes were deeply emotional beings with high-pitched voices.
- It reminds of an incident when my normally ape-like father revealed a hitherto unforeseen wit while we were in America.
Old English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.