Definition of "monkey" []

  • Any of various long-tailed, medium-sized members of the order Primates, including the macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins and excluding the anthropoid apes and the prosimians. (noun)
  • One who behaves in a way suggestive of a monkey, as a mischievous child or a mimic. (noun)
  • The iron block of a pile driver. (noun)
  • Slang A person who is mocked, duped, or made to appear a fool: They made a monkey out of him. (noun)
  • Slang Drug addiction: have a monkey on one's back. (noun)
  • Any of numerous long-tailed primates excluding the prosimians (lemurs, tarsiers, etc): comprise the families Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys), Cebidae (New World monkeys), and Callithricidae (marmosets) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any primate except man (noun)
  • A naughty or mischievous person, esp a child (noun)
  • The head of a pile-driver (monkey engine) or of some similar mechanical device (noun)
  • Denoting a small light structure or piece of equipment contrived to suit an immediate purpose (noun)
  • An addict's dependence on a drug (noun)
  • A butt of derision; someone made to look a fool (esp in the phrase make a monkey of) (noun)
  • (esp in bookmaking) £500 (noun)
  • $500 (noun)
  • A sheep (noun)
  • To meddle, fool, or tinker (verb)
  • To imitate; ape (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "monkey" in a sentence
  • "After a few minutes the little neighbor girl saw it from her side of the wall and started screaming and yelling *little monkey, little monkey* and it ran away."
  • "Five-eighth Jamie Lyon had played in last year's loss and the 2001 premiership defeat with Parramatta and was happy to get his title monkey off his back."
  • "So Abu the monkey is the start of the zombie virus??"