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monkey (primate)

Definition:

any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians)

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

monkeys

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

likely from an unrecorded Middle Low German *moneke or Middle Dutch *monnekijn,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of monkey...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Monkey

a primate of the Haplorrhini suborder and simian infraorder, either an Old World monkey or a New World monkey, but excluding apes and humans. There are about 260 known living species of monkey. Many are arboreal, although there are species that live ... (42 of 2328 words, 9 images)

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Monkey (disambiguation)

a primate. Monkey or The Monkey may also refer to: Monkey (zodiac), a Chinese zodiacal sign | HMS Monkey, the name of several Royal Navy vessels | Monkey (dance), a novelty dance | The Monkees, an American pop/rock band The Monkees (TV series) |... (40 of 295 words, 22 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

monkey [primate] | Macaca fuscata [species] | Cebus [genus] | Saimiri [genus] | Miopithecus [genus]

in general, any of nearly 200 species of tailed primate, with the exception of lemurs, tarsiers, and lorises. The presence of a tail, along with their ... (26 of 1250 words, 10 images)

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Wiktionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkied [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Any member of the clade Simiiformes not also of the clade Hominoidea containing humans and apes, from which they are usually, but not universally, distinguished by smaller size, a tail, and cheek pouches. | [informal] A mischievous child. | [British, ... (38 of 163 words, 10 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monkey

Collins Dictionary:

monkey | give a monkey's [sense-specific] | Old World monkey, New World monkey [synonym, sense-specific] | intr [synonym, sense-specific] | ape [synonym, sense-specific]

any of numerous long-tailed primates excluding the prosimians (lemurs, ... | any primate except man | a naughty or mischievous person, especially a ... (21 of 614 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monkey

Oxford Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkey engine | clever | cartload | out of | care | ...

a small to medium-sized primate that typically has a long tail, most kinds ... | (in general use) any primate. | a mischievous person, especially a ... (24 of 316 words, 15 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/monkey

Columbia Encyclopedia:

monkey | douroucouli | guenon | guereza | langur | mangabey | ouakari | saki | titi | ...

any of a large and varied group of mammals of the primate order. The term "monkey" includes all primates that do not belong to the categories human, ... (27 of 243 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

monkey [entry 1, noun] | monkeys [plural] | dupe [synonym, sense-specific] | dependence [synonym, sense-specific] | habit [synonym, sense-specific] | jones [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | addiction [synonym, sense-specific] | alcoholism [similar, sense-specific] | heroinism [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and ... | a person resembling a monkey ; a ludicrous figure; "dupe" | any of ... (25 of 213 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/monkey

monkey [entry 2, verb] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | fool [synonym, sense-specific] | mimic [synonym, sense-specific] | tamper [synonym, sense-specific] | mock [synonym, sense-specific] | trifle [synonym, sense-specific]

"mimic", "mock" | to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner | "fool", "trifle" [often used with "around"]; "tamper" [used with "with"] (20 of 47 words, 3 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | a monkey on one's back [sense-specific] | make a monkey out of [sense-specific] | make a monkey of [sense-specific]

any mammal of the order Primates, including the guenons, macaques, langurs, ... | the fur of certain species of such long-haired animals. | a person ... (23 of 210 words, 14 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/monkey

New World Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural]

any of several families of Old and New World primates usually having a ... | the fur of some species of long-haired monkeys | a person regarded as ... (26 of 142 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

monkey [countable] | monkeys [plural] | cheeky monkey | someone couldn't/doesn't give a monkey's | make a monkey out of someone

an animal with a long tail that climbs trees and uses its hands in the same way that people do | [informal] someone, especially a child who behaves ... (27 of 127 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monkey

monkey [verb, abbreviation] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeyed around [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkeying around [present participle] | monkeys [3rd-person singular present] | monkeys around [3rd-person singular present] | monkey around [I/you/we/they, related]

monkey around or monkey about [intransitive, informal] to behave in a silly way (13 of 49 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 8

American Heritage Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Any of various long-tailed, medium-sized members of the order Primates, ... | One who behaves in a way suggestive of a monkey, as a mischievous child ... (25 of 121 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monkey

Cambridge Dictionary:

monkey [entry 1]

an animal that lives in hot countries, has a long tail and climbs trees. Monkeys are primates (the group of animals which are most like humans) . (27 of 36 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 1

monkey [entry 2, informal]

a child who behaves badly (5 of 30 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 2

monkey [entry 3, British, slang]

£500 (1 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 3

monkey [entry 4, United States, informal]

to copy or mimic someone (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 4

Encarta Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

a medium-sized primate belonging to a group including baboons, marmosets, ... | somebody, usually a child, who behaves badly, annoyingly, or ... (20 of 170 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630956​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

monkey

First use: 1520s

Origin: likely from an unrecorded Middle Low German *moneke or Middle Dutch *monnekijn, a colloquial word for "monkey", originally a diminutive ... (21 of 318 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=monkey

New World Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural]

Origin: Early Modern English, probably from or akin to Middle Low German Moneke, name applied in the beast epic Reynard the Fox to the son of ... (25 of 53 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monkey

Wiktionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkied [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Origin: Middle Low German Moneke (compare Old French Monequin), name of the son of Martin the Ape in Reynard the Fox, from Old Spanish mona 'mona monkey', shortening of mamona, variant of maimón, from Arabic... (34 of 47 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monkey

Collins Dictionary:

monkey

First use: 16th century

Origin: perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke name of the ape's son in the tale of Reynard the Fox

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monkey

Oxford Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkey engine | clever | cartload | out of | care | ...

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: of unknown origin, perhaps from Low German

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/monkey

American Heritage Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Origin: unknown

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monkey

Merriam-Webster:

monkey [entry 1, noun] | monkeys [plural]

First use: about 1530

Origin: probably of Low German origin; akin to Moneke, name of an ape, probably of Romance origin; akin to Old Spanish mona monkey

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/monkey

Audio references

Wiktionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkied [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monkey"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monkey

Collins Dictionary:

monkey

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monkey"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monkey

Macmillan British Dictionary:

monkey [countable] | monkeys [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "monkey"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/monkey

monkey [verb, abbreviation] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeyed around [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkeying around [present participle] | monkeys [3rd-person singular present] | monkeys around [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "monkey"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

monkey [countable] | monkeys [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monkey"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/monkey

monkey [verb, abbreviation] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeyed around [past tense] | monkeying [present participle] | monkeying around [present participle] | monkeys [3rd-person singular present] | monkeys around [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monkey"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

monkey [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "monkey"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "monkey"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/monkey 1

the Free Dictionary:

monkey

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "monkey"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "monkey"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "monkey" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

monkey | monkeys [plural] | monkeyed [past tense] | monkeying [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "monkey"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

monkey

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monkey"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=monkey​01 word=monkey

YourDictionary Audio:

monkey

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monkey" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

monkey

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monkey" by speech synthesizer

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