Definition of Monkey

1. Noun. Any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians).

2. Verb. Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly. "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
Exact synonyms: Fiddle, Tamper
Generic synonyms: Manipulate

3. Noun. One who is playfully mischievous.
Exact synonyms: Imp, Rapscallion, Rascal, Scalawag, Scallywag, Scamp
Generic synonyms: Child, Fry, Kid, Minor, Nestling, Nipper, Shaver, Small Fry, Tiddler, Tike, Tyke, Youngster
Specialized synonyms: Brat, Holy Terror, Little Terror, Terror
Derivative terms: Rascally

4. Verb. Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly. "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
Exact synonyms: Mess Around, Monkey Around, Muck About, Muck Around, Potter, Putter, Tinker
Specialized synonyms: Puddle
Generic synonyms: Work
Derivative terms: Potterer, Putterer, Tinker, Tinkerer, Tinkerer

Definition of Monkey

1. n. In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs.

2. v. t. & i. To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner.

Definition of Monkey

1. Noun. Any of several members of the infra-order ''Simiiformes'' of primates, generally smaller than the apes, and distinguished from them by having a tail and cheek pouches. ¹

2. Noun. (context: informal) A mischievous child. ¹

3. Noun. (British slang) Five hundred pounds sterling. ¹

4. Noun. (slang) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing. ¹

5. Noun. (slang) A person with minimal intelligence and/or (bad) looks. ¹

6. Noun. (context: blackjack) A face card. ¹

7. Noun. (slang) A menial employee who does a repetitive job. ¹

8. Verb. (informal) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Monkey

1. to mimic [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: mimic

Medical Definition of Monkey

1. Origin: Cf. OIt. Monicchio, It. Monnino, dim. Of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. Fr. Madonna. See Madonna. 1. In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs. Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs. Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (especially. Such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons. The monkeys are often divided into three groups: (a) Catarrhines, or Simidae. These have an oblong head, with the oblique flat nostrils near together. Some have no tail, as the apes. All these are natives of the Old World. (b) Platyrhines, or Cebidae. These have a round head, with a broad nasal septum, so that the nostrils are wide apart and directed downward. The tail is often prehensile, and the thumb is short and not opposable. These are natives of the new World. (c) Strepsorhines, or Lemuroidea. These have a pointed head with curved nostrils. They are natives of Southern Asia, Africa, and Madagascar. 2. A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for mischievous child. "This is the monkey's own giving out; she is persuaded I will marry her." (Shak) 3. The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging. 4. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century. Monkey boat. A small single block strapped with a swivel. Monkey flower, a second and lighter rail raised about six inches above the quarter rail of a ship. Monkey shine, monkey trick. Monkey trick, a mischievous prank. Monkey wheel. See Gin block, under 5th Gin. Monkey wrench, a wrench or spanner having a movable jaw. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Monkey

monk's cloth
monk's hood
monk's hoods
monk's pepper
monk seal
monk vulture
monk vultures
monkey (current term)
monkey's fist
monkey's fists
monkey's puzzle
monkey-bread tree
monkey-faced owl
monkey-faced owls

Literary usage of Monkey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Spruill Fansler (1921)
"His version follows in abstract form: — A crocodile goes out to look for a monkey-liver for his wife, who is confined at home. As the crocodile starts to ..."

2. Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula by Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden (1906)
"Small squirrel or tupaia : kodes, Mantr. Malac. N,a. 36. monkey (Mai. ... Long-tailed monkey: rao, Sak. U. Kam. monkey (Mai. monyet): rauh, Darat. ..."

3. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"I will pay you m monkey'» money (" en monnaie de tinge ") —m goods, in personal work, in mumbling and'grimace,. The French had a law that when a 'monkey ..."

4. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1914)
"monkey was inoculated intracerebrally with poliomyelitis virus September 4 at 11 am and fed the flies in both cages. He showed definite symptoms of ..."

5. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1881)
""It is n't exactly writing poetry that 1 want done," said monkey. ... monkey pulled out of his pocket the mutilated poem of Holman's, which Ned had pieced ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Monkey on!Search for Monkey on!Search for Monkey on Google!Search for Monkey on Wikipedia!