ape

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English[edit]

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an ape
the silvery gibbon (1)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ape, from Old English apa (ape, monkey), from Proto-Germanic *apô (monkey, ape), possibly derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ep- (water), compare Proto-Celtic *abū (river), if the word originally referred to a "water sprite". Traditionally assumed to be an ancient loanword instead, ultimately probably from an unidentified non-Indo-European language of regions in Africa or Asia where monkeys are native. Cognate with Scots aip (ape), West Frisian aap (ape), Dutch aap (monkey, ape), Low German Ape (ape), German Affe (monkey, ape), Swedish apa (ape), Icelandic api (ape).

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Noun[edit]

ape (plural apes)

  1. A primate of the clade Hominoidea, generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
  2. Any such primate other than a human.
  3. (derogatory) An uncivilised person.

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Verb[edit]

ape (third-person singular simple present apes, present participle aping, simple past and past participle aped)

  1. (intransitive) To behave like an ape.
  2. (transitive) To imitate; mimic.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 454,
      It is not conceived as a mere “aping” in externals nor as an enacting in the sense of assuming a foreign role.

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Adjective[edit]

ape (not comparable)

  1. Wild; crazy.
    We were ape over the new look.
    He went ape when he heard the bad news.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

ape

  1. plural form of aap

Corsican[edit]

Noun[edit]

ape f

  1. plural form of apa

Finnish[edit]

(index ap)

Etymology[edit]

appaa +‎ -e

Noun[edit]

ape

  1. horse feed
  2. (colloquial) food

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Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

ape (plural apes)

  1. bee

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Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ape f (plural api)

  1. (zoology) bee
  2. (familiar) honeybee

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Latin[edit]

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ape

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of apō

Neapolitan[edit]

Noun[edit]

ape

  1. plural form of apa

Norwegian[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse api.

Noun[edit]

ape

  1. ape, monkey
Inflection[edit]
References[edit]
  • “ape” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • apa (Nynorsk)

Verb[edit]

ape

  1. To mimic or imitate.
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Romanian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ape f pl

  1. plural form of apă