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Meaning & Definition of Monkey in English

English

Monkey

/məŋki/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • monkey

2. One who is playfully mischievous

    synonym:
  • imp
  • ,
  • scamp
  • ,
  • monkey
  • ,
  • rascal
  • ,
  • rapscallion
  • ,
  • scalawag
  • ,
  • scallywag

verb

1. Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

  • "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"
  • "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
    synonym:
  • tamper
  • ,
  • fiddle
  • ,
  • monkey

2. Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

  • "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
    synonym:
  • putter
  • ,
  • mess around
  • ,
  • potter
  • ,
  • tinker
  • ,
  • monkey
  • ,
  • monkey around
  • ,
  • muck about
  • ,
  • muck around

Examples of using

On Saturday I went to the zoo, and a monkey, who wouldn't stop screeching, pulled my hair.
It's monkey meat.
The reason our hair is brown is that it enabled our monkey ancestors to hide amongst the coconuts.