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mon·key

monkey

 
pronunciation:
muhng ki
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
phrases:
make a monkey out of, monkey on one's back, monkey around
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part of speech: noun
inflections: monkeys
definition 1: a small, furry, intelligent mammal that is one of the primates but is distinguished from humans, apes, and lemurs. Most types of monkeys have tails.
 
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: monkeys, monkeying, monkeyed
definition: (informal) to play idly, mischievously, or without sufficient knowledge or caution (often fol. by "with").
Don't monkey with the equipment; it's very delicate.Stop monkeying; you'll only make the problem worse.
synonyms:
fool, mess around, putz
similar words:
fiddle, meddle, tamper, tinker, toy, trifle
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phrase: monkey around
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