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mon·key  (mngk)
n. pl. mon·keys
1. Any of various long-tailed, medium-sized members of the order Primates, including the macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins and excluding the anthropoid apes and the prosimians.
2. One who behaves in a way suggestive of a monkey, as a mischievous child or a mimic.
3. The iron block of a pile driver.
4. Slang A person who is mocked, duped, or made to appear a fool: They made a monkey out of him.
5. Slang Drug addiction: have a monkey on ones back.
v. mon·keyed, mon·key·ing, mon·keys
v.intr. Informal
1. To play, fiddle, trifle, or tamper with something.
2. To behave in a mischievous or apish manner: Stop monkeying around!
To imitate or mimic; ape.

[Origin unknown.]

monkey  /mki/  n. 1 any of a variety of primates with human-like faces, long tails, and excellent climbing ability: Monkeys spend most of their lives in trees. 2 to have a monkey on ones back: a. to be addicted to drugs: He has a monkey on his back and cant get it off. b. to be greatly troubled and burdened: She has a monkey on her back, because shes in a bad marriage and poor health. 3 infrml. to make a monkey out of s.o.: to make a fool of s.o., embarrass: One lawyer made a monkey out of another by showing that he did not know the law.
v. -keyed, -keying, -keys phrasal v. infrml. [I] to monkey around: to handle s.t. in a casual way, to play with: I monkeyed around with trying to fix my car, but I finally took it to a mechanic. monkey

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