I. noun 1. a large primate that lacks a tail, including the gorilla, chimpanzees, orangutan, and gibbons.●Families Pongidae and Hylobatidae. 2. used in names of macaque monkeys with short tails, e.g. Barbary ape. 3. (in general use) any monkey. 4. an unintelligent or clumsy person. 5.
‹archaic› an inferior imitator or mimic
• cunning is but the ape of wisdom.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1. imitate (someone or something), especially in an absurd or unthinking way • new architecture can respect the old without aping its style.
III. phrases go ape ( ‹or vulgar slang chiefly N. Amer.› apeshit)
‹informal› become very angry or excited.
• your kids will go ape over these frozen pops!
• Ricky would go apeshit if anything happened to Wayne.
IV. derivatives apelike /ˈeɪplʌɪk / adjective
– origin Old English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.