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



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌŋki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌŋki//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1 an animal with a long tail, that climbs trees and lives in hot countries. There are several types of monkey and they are related to apes and humans. See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2(informal) a child who is active and likes playing tricks on people Come here, you cheeky little monkey!
  3. 3(British English, slang) £500
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: of unknown origin, perhaps from Low German.Idioms
    brass monkeys, brass monkey weather
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    (British English, slang) if you say that it is brass monkeys or brass monkey weather, you mean that it is very cold weather
    get a monkey off your back
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    to free yourself of something that causes you worry or difficulty The team have never beaten Germany and they'll be desperate to get that monkey off their backs.
    I don’t/couldn’t give a monkey’s
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    (British English, slang) used to say, in a way that is not very polite, that you do not care about something, or are not at all interested in it I don’t give a monkey’s whether you want to come or not.
    make a monkey (out) of somebody
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    to make somebody seem stupid
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: monkey