Definition of ape noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//eɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//eɪp//
Wild mammals
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  • a large animal like a monkey, with no tail. There are different types of ape. the great apes (= for example, orang-utans or chimpanzees) See related entries: Wild mammals
  • Word OriginOld English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.Idioms (slang, especially North American English) to become extremely angry or excited
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ape

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