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apish

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪpɪʃ
 
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Definition of apish in English:

adjective

1Resembling or likened to an ape: Australopithecus had an apish cranium
More example sentences
  • Lately, he has taken to apish chest-thumping in proclaiming that various individuals are ‘ducking’ and ‘backing down’ from him.
  • Compared to our apish ancestors, which could run only short distances, we have a more balanced head, flatter face, and smaller teeth and nose.
  • But why did women - and men, for that matter - lose the apish fur that covered most of our bodies to begin with?
2Foolish or silly.
Example sentences
  • But the plot and its apish qualities ultimately aren't very important.
  • In truth, he had suspected all his subordinates were just as apish as each other.

Derivatives

apishly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Legs hooked over the board, he hangs apishly, body massively contracted, even his extremities.
  • We were visionary idealists, purposefully choosing to pursue a lifestyle that did not apishly conform to culture.
  • I felt a rush of jitters, my arms swung apishly like pendulums and my legs seemed disconnected, lumbering stilts.

apishness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Formerly man's apishness did not matter so much, but now he is gaining dangerous powers, and may destroy himself.
  • Few people would go to excess if they were not unwholesomely over-excited about their trivial apishness.
  • Failure did not become victory, weakness did not become strength and we apes stopped emailing one another and greeting one another, and withdrew into mute apishness and mute despair.

Words that rhyme with apish

sharpish

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