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The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.
P. T. Barnum

Meaning of "monkey" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MONKEY

Perhaps from Low German; compare Middle Low German Moneke name of the ape's son in the tale of Reynard the Fox.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MONKEY

monkey  [ˈmʌŋkɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MONKEY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Monkey is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb monkey in English.

WHAT DOES MONKEY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

monkey

Monkey

A monkey is a primate of the Haplorrhini suborder and simian infraorder, either an Old World monkey or a New World monkey, but excluding apes and humans. By this definition, the most common in biology, the monkeys are the group of all primates that are not tarsiers, lemurs, apes or humans and consist of about 260 known living species. Colloquially, the term "monkey" can also include all non-human apes. Many species are arboreal, although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent. Unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails. Tailless monkeys may be called "apes", incorrectly according to modern usage; thus the tailless Barbary macaque is called the "Barbary ape". The New World monkeys are classified within the parvorder of Platyrrhini, whereas the Old World monkeys form part of the parvorder Catarrhini, which also includes the hominoids. Thus, as Old World monkeys are more closely related to hominoids than they are to New World monkeys, the monkeys are not a unitary group.

Definition of monkey in the English dictionary

The first definition of monkey in the dictionary is any primate except man. Other definition of monkey is a naughty or mischievous person, esp a child. Monkey is also the head of a pile-driver or of some similar mechanical device.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO MONKEY

PRESENT

Present
I monkey
you monkey
he/she/it monkeys
we monkey
you monkey
they monkey
Present continuous
I am monkeying
you are monkeying
he/she/it is monkeying
we are monkeying
you are monkeying
they are monkeying
Present perfect
I have monkeyed
you have monkeyed
he/she/it has monkeyed
we have monkeyed
you have monkeyed
they have monkeyed
Present perfect continuous
I have been monkeying
you have been monkeying
he/she/it has been monkeying
we have been monkeying
you have been monkeying
they have been monkeying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I monkeyed
you monkeyed
he/she/it monkeyed
we monkeyed
you monkeyed
they monkeyed
Past continuous
I was monkeying
you were monkeying
he/she/it was monkeying
we were monkeying
you were monkeying
they were monkeying
Past perfect
I had monkeyed
you had monkeyed
he/she/it had monkeyed
we had monkeyed
you had monkeyed
they had monkeyed
Past perfect continuous
I had been monkeying
you had been monkeying
he/she/it had been monkeying
we had been monkeying
you had been monkeying
they had been monkeying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will monkey
you will monkey
he/she/it will monkey
we will monkey
you will monkey
they will monkey
Future continuous
I will be monkeying
you will be monkeying
he/she/it will be monkeying
we will be monkeying
you will be monkeying
they will be monkeying
Future perfect
I will have monkeyed
you will have monkeyed
he/she/it will have monkeyed
we will have monkeyed
you will have monkeyed
they will have monkeyed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been monkeying
you will have been monkeying
he/she/it will have been monkeying
we will have been monkeying
you will have been monkeying
they will have been monkeying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would monkey
you would monkey
he/she/it would monkey
we would monkey
you would monkey
they would monkey
Conditional continuous
I would be monkeying
you would be monkeying
he/she/it would be monkeying
we would be monkeying
you would be monkeying
they would be monkeying
Conditional perfect
I would have monkey
you would have monkey
he/she/it would have monkey
we would have monkey
you would have monkey
they would have monkey
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been monkeying
you would have been monkeying
he/she/it would have been monkeying
we would have been monkeying
you would have been monkeying
they would have been monkeying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you monkey
we let´s monkey
you monkey
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to monkey
Past participle
monkeyed
Present Participle
monkeying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MONKEY


chunky
ˈtʃʌŋkɪ
clunky
ˈklʌŋkɪ
flunky
ˈflʌŋkɪ
funky
ˈfʌŋkɪ
gunky
ˈɡʌŋkɪ
hunkey
ˈhʌŋkɪ
hunky
ˈhʌŋkɪ
junkie
ˈdʒʌŋkɪ
junky
ˈdʒʌŋkɪ
plunky
ˈplʌŋkɪ
punkey
ˈpʌŋkɪ
punky
ˈpʌŋkɪ
skunky
ˈskʌŋkɪ
spunkie
ˈspʌŋkɪ
spunky
ˈspʌŋkɪ
sunkie
ˈsʌŋkɪ
technojunkie
ˈtɛknəʊˌdʒʌŋkɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MONKEY

monkery
monkey bars
monkey bread
monkey bread tree
monkey business
monkey climb
monkey engine
monkey flower
monkey house
monkey jacket
monkey nut
monkey orchid
monkey puzzle
monkey shines
monkey suit
monkey tricks
monkey wrench
monkey´s wedding
monkeygland
monkeygland sauce

WORDS THAT END LIKE MONKEY

bonnet monkey
brass monkey
donkey
grease monkey
green monkey
howler monkey
leaf monkey
New World monkey
nodding donkey
Old World monkey
powder monkey
proboscis monkey
red-backed squirrel monkey
rhesus monkey
Sankey
spider monkey
squirrel monkey
talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey
turnkey
woolly spider monkey

Synonyms and antonyms of monkey in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MONKEY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «monkey» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of monkey

Translation of «monkey» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MONKEY

Find out the translation of monkey to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of monkey from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «monkey» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

猴子
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mono
570 millions of speakers

English

monkey
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बंदर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قِرْدٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

обезьяна
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

macaco
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বানর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

singe
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Monyet
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Affe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

サル
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

원숭이
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Monyet
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con khỉ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குரங்கு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बंदर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

maymun
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

scimmia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

małpa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мавпа
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

maimuță
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μαϊμού
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

aap
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

apa
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ape
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of monkey

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MONKEY»

The term «monkey» is very widely used and occupies the 6.295 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MONKEY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «monkey» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «monkey» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about monkey

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10 QUOTES WITH «MONKEY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word monkey.
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Sebastian Arcelus
My big break was back in the third grade playing the third monkey in 'Horton Hears a Who.'
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Kevin Bacon
It does get old to have to always be a monkey in a zoo. I don't know what it's like any more to be anonymous.
3
Russell Banks
And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.
4
P. T. Barnum
The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.
5
Henry Walter Bates
The poor monkey, quietly seated on the ground, seemed to be in sore trouble at this display of anger.
6
Robert Benchley
The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.
7
Ben Bradlee
You never monkey with the truth.
8
George Carlin
Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.
9
Prince Charles
I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents.
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Malcolm de Chazal
Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MONKEY»

Discover the use of monkey in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to monkey and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Monkey
Wu Ch’êng-ên wrote Monkey in the mid-sixteenth century, adding his own distinctive style to an ancient Chinese legend, and in so doing created a dazzling combination of nonsense with profundity, slapstick comedy with spiritual wisdom.
Wu Ch'eng-en, 2005
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Bad Monkey
Anticipating his retirement from the Key West Police, Andrew Yancy tackles a murder case involving a human arm in his freezer, an investigation that pits him against a twitchy widow, a clueless real estate developer and a voodoo witch with ...
Carl Hiaasen, 2013
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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety.
Daniel Smith, 2012
4
Monkey
The ancient Chinese system of analyzing your character and predicting your future is presented with beautiful photographs and illustrations.
Kwok Man-Ho, Man-Ho Kwok, 1994
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Welcome to the Monkey House
Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb stories share Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.
Kurt Vonnegut, 2007
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Monkey: Folk Novel of China
It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor spirits, gods, demigods, demons, ogres, monsters, and fairies.
Wu Ch'êng-ên, Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley, Hu Shih, 2007
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Crick Crack, Monkey:
Hodge uses the voice of the central character, Tee, to tell a story that begins with two young children forced to live first with their aunt Tantie and then with Aunt Beatrice. Tanties world overflows with hilarity, aggression, and warmth.
Merle Hodge, 2013
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Monkey Beach
2000 Finalist for the Giller Prize "With its wonderful visitors from the unseen world , stunning evocations of the Northern Pacific coast, hilarious humor and marvelously human characters, Eden Robinson's novel Monkey Beach is North ...
Eden Robinson, 2011
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The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey
How can managers avoid these leaping monkeys? Here is priceless advice from three famous experts: how managers can meet their own priorities, give back other people's monkeys, and let them solve their own problems.
Kenneth H. Blanchard, William Oncken, Hal Burrows, 1989
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Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India
Crocodile wants to feast on Monkey's heart and Monkey must outsmart him if he is to enjoy eating mangoes all day.
Gerald McDermott, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MONKEY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term monkey is used in the context of the following news items.
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Baby monkey Pinto delights visitors at Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo
Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich shows off the latest addition to one of its monkey families - Pinto, a baby drill monkey who is now almost a month old. «Reuters, Jul 15»
2
Britain's 'little monkey' Prince George turns two
None is expected on his birthday, although aides issued a new photo of William and his son, whom he has dubbed a "little monkey", laughing ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
3
Spartak Moscow fans direct monkey chants at Emmanuel Frimpong
Shameful scenes where Emmanuel Frimpong is subjected to monkey chants by a group of Spartak Moscow fans. Cara Delevingne shows off ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
4
Food business not as rosy as it looks, says Monkey Bar and Fatty …
Chetan Rampal, the entrepreneur behind such popular gastropubs Monkey Bar and Fatty Bao, which opened an outlet in Mumbai last month, ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
5
Monkey Fightin' Snakes rock Maynooth
When singer-songwriter Mathew Davies heard actor Samuel L. Jackson shout “I've had it with these Monkey Fightin' Snakes on this money ... «Bancroft This Week, Jul 15»
6
Insider Monkey is Bearish on Apple Inc. (AAPL) And Explained Why …
One of them is the co-founder and research director of Insider Monkey, Dr. Ian Dogan. Mr. Dogan has been bearish on Apple for over a year ... «Insider Monkey, Jul 15»
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Monkey farm worker: 'I just couldn't live with myself if I was going to …
HENDRY COUNTY, Fla.- A former Hendry County monkey farm worker says what he was asked to do was so horrific, he had to quit his job after ... «Wink News, Jul 15»
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'Monkey King' Brings Hope to Chinese Animation Industry
Monkey King: Hero is Back” has generated more than $78 million in ticket sales, contributing to a record week for China's box office and ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
9
The Scopes Monkey Trial was one of the greatest publicity stunts ever
Ninety years ago today, the Scopes Trial was decided in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee. Today the so-called "Monkey Trial" is viewed as ... «Vox, Jul 15»
10
Another injured monkey suffering forest department neglect
In a recent case, an air force officer and his wife saved life of a severely injured monkey which is now left to die by the forest department. «Times of India, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Monkey [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/monkey>. Sep 2019 ».
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