Definition of Monkey business

1. Noun. Mischievous or deceitful behavior.

Definition of Monkey business

1. Noun. (US slang) Wasting time, or effort, on some foolish project. ¹

2. Noun. An activity that is considered silly, or stupid, or time-wasting. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) An activity that may be considered illegal, questionable, or a vice, but not felonious. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Monkey Business

monkey-faced owls
monkey B virus
monkey around
monkey bars
monkey boy
monkey boys
monkey bread
monkey breads
monkey bridge
monkey business (current term)
monkey diseases
monkey dog
monkey flip
monkey hand
monkey humping a football
monkey in the middle
monkey jacket
monkey jackets
monkey ladder
monkey malaria
monkey nut
monkey on one's back
monkey patch
monkey patched

Literary usage of Monkey business

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1. Financial Advertising: For Commercial and Savings Banks, Trust, Title by Elias St. Elmo Lewis (1908)
"Social Side This man, who was prejudiced against the usual forms of sociability, did his "monkey business" on shipboard! He would take a party of "friends ..."

2. Adventures in the Arts: Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville and Poets by Marsden Hartley (1921)
""monkey business" is a very good act, and both men do excellent work on the taut and slack wire. "Monkey," in this case being a man, does as beautiful a ..."

3. Reminiscences of a Pioneer by William Thompson (1912)
"But that night there was "monkey business." Three of the gang were hung to a juniper two miles above town, while another was shot and killed in town. ..."

4. War Talks in Kansas by Commandery of the State of Kansas (1906)
"... monkey business" in the valley had contributed towards the retreat of the enemy, but when I saw the large number of troops being ferried over ..."

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