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From Old High German affo. The sense of temulence is traced to the late 18th century, allegedly playing on the homophony of Czech opice (monkey or ape) and opít se (to get drunk), though the image of a monkey being a possessing demon is translingual, and thus Spanish mona (she-ape) also means temulence, Spanish mono (he-ape) withdrawal symptoms, English monkey a drug compulsion.


  • IPA(key): [ˈafə]
  • (file)


Affe m (genitive Affen, plural Affen, diminutive Äffchen n or Äfflein n, female Äffin)

  1. monkey or ape (male or female of unspecified sex)
  2. ellipsis of Fellaffe, a kind of furry military knapsack
  3. (slang, regional) temulence, inebriation, alcohol intoxication
    • 2018, Tomazic, Daniel, Kuhnles Gesetz: Ein badischer Heimatkrimi aus dem Mittleren Westen, page 10:
      Da war er auf dem Weinfest und hat sich am Stand der lokalen Winzergenossenschaft, da gab es für Mitglieder alles umsonst, einen granatenmäßigen Affen angesoffen.
      Then he was on the wine far and at the stall of the local vintner association, where all was free for members, he got plastered thoroughly.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Affe” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Affe in Duden online

Pennsylvania German[edit]



  1. plural of Aff