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monkey

mon·key

monkey

 
pronunciation:
muhng ki
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
phrases:
make a monkey out of, monkey on one's back
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part of speech: noun
inflections: monkeys
definition 1: any primate except humans, the large humanoid apes, or lemurs.
 
synonyms:
ape, simian
similar words:
baboon, capuchin, chimp, chimpanzee, grivet, guenon, langur, macaque, marmoset, primate
definition 2: one having the characteristics of some monkeys, such as great agility, playfulness, or mischievousness.
synonyms:
imp, rapscallion, rascal, scamp
similar words:
clown, devil, mischief-maker, trickster, troublemaker
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phrase: make a monkey out of
phrase: monkey on one's back
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: monkeyed, monkeying, monkeys
definition: to play idly, irresponsibly, or mischievously (often fol. by with or around).
Don't monkey with the equipment.
synonyms:
fool, mess around, putz
similar words:
fiddle, meddle, tamper, toy, trifle
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