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monkey Idioms & Phrases


african green monkey

  • noun common savannah monkey with greenish-grey back and yellow tail
    African green monkey; Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus.
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Bonnet monkey

  • noun Indian macaque with a bonnet-like tuft of hair
    Macaca radiata; bonnet macaque; capped macaque; bonnet monkey.
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  • (Zoöl.), an East Indian monkey (Macacus sinicus), with a tuft of hair on its head; the munga.
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brass monkey

  • noun a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
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colobus monkey

  • noun arboreal monkey of western and central Africa with long silky fur and reduced thumbs
    colobus.
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croo monkey

  • noun monkey of southeast Asia, Borneo and the Philippines
    crab-eating macaque; Macaca irus.
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crown monkey

  • noun Indian macaque with a bonnet-like tuft of hair
    Macaca radiata; bonnet macaque; capped macaque; bonnet monkey.
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Diana monkey

  • (Zoöl.), a handsome, white-bearded monkey of West Africa (Cercopithecus Diana).
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grease monkey

  • noun someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles
    auto-mechanic; automobile mechanic; car-mechanic; mechanic.
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Green monkey

  • noun common savannah monkey with greenish-grey back and yellow tail
    African green monkey; Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus.
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  • (Zoöl.) a West African long-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus callitrichus), very commonly tamed, and trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West Indies early in the last century, and has become very abundant there.
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green monkey disease

  • noun a viral disease of green monkeys caused by the Marburg virus; when transmitted to humans it causes serious or fatal illness
    Marburg hemorrhagic fever; Marburg disease.
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guenon monkey

  • noun small slender African monkey having long hind limbs and tail and long hair around the face
    guenon.
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howler monkey

  • noun monkey of tropical South American forests having a loud howling cry
    howler.
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Howling monkey

  • . (Zoöl.) See Howler, 2.
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hussar monkey

  • noun reddish long-tailed monkey of west Africa
    patas; Erythrocebus patas.
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King monkey

  • (Zoöl.), an African monkey(Colobus polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
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lion monkey

  • noun small South American marmoset with silky fur and long nonprehensile tail
    leoncita; lion marmoset; tamarin.
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monkey around

  • verb do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
    mess around; monkey; putter; potter; tinker; muck around; muck about.
    • The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house
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Monkey block

  • (Naut.), a small single block strapped with a swivel. R. H. Dana, Jr.
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Monkey boat

  • . (Naut.) (a) A small boat used in docks . (b) A half-decked boat used on the River Thames.
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monkey bread

  • noun African gourd-like fruit with edible pulp
    sour gourd.
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monkey bridge

  • noun a high narrow platform above a deck or in an engine room or boiler room
  • noun the highest navigational bridge on a ship; a small (often open) deck above the pilot house
    flying bridge; fly bridge; flybridge.
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monkey business

  • noun mischievous or deceitful behavior
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monkey dog

  • noun European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
    monkey dog; affenpinscher.
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Monkey flower

  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Mimulus; so called from the appearance of its gaping corolla. Gray.
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Monkey gaff

  • (Naut.), a light gaff attached to the topmast for the better display of signals at sea.
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Monkey jacket

  • noun waist-length jacket tapering to a point at the back; worn by officers in the mess for formal dinners
    mess jacket; shell jacket.
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  • a short closely fitting jacket, worn by sailors.
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monkey ladder

  • noun a light ladder to the monkey bridge on a ship
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monkey nut

  • noun pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms
    goober; peanut; earthnut; groundnut; goober pea.
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monkey pinscher

  • noun European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
    monkey dog; affenpinscher.
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monkey pod

  • noun large ornamental tropical American tree with bipinnate leaves and globose clusters of flowers with crimson stamens and seed pods that are eaten by cattle
    saman; zamang; monkeypod; zaman; Albizia saman; rain tree.
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monkey puzzle

  • noun large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts
    Araucaria araucana; chile pine.
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Monkey rail

  • (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about six inches above the quarter rail of a ship.
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Monkey shine

  • monkey trick. Slang, U.S.
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Monkey trick

  • a mischievous prank. Saintsbury.
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Monkey wheel

  • . See Gin block, under 5th Gin.
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Monkey wrench

  • noun adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
    monkey wrench.
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  • a wrench or spanner having a movable jaw.
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monkey's puzzle

Mon"key's puz"zle
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  1. (Bot.) A lofty coniferous Chilian tree (Araucaria imbricata), the branches of which are so crowded and intertwisted "as to puzzle a monkey to climb." The edible nuts are over an inch long, and are called piñon by the Chilians. also, monkey puzzle
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monkey-bread

Mon"key-bread` noun
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  1. (Bot.) The fruit of the Adansonia digitata; also, the tree. See Adansonia.
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monkey-bread tree

  • noun African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread
    Adansonia digitata; baobab.
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monkey-cup

Mon"key-cup` noun
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  1. (Bot.) See Nepenthes.
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monkey-pot

Mon"key-pot` noun
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  1. (Zoöl.) The fruit of two South American trees (Lecythis Ollaria, and L. Zabucajo), which have for their fruit large, pot-shaped, woody capsules containing delicious nuts, and opening almost explosively by a circular lid at the top. Vases and pots are made of this capsule.
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monkey-wrench

  • noun adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
    monkey wrench.
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Moor monkey

  • (Zoöl.), the black macaque of Borneo (Macacus maurus).
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Negro monkey

  • (Zoöl.), the moor monkey.
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new world monkey

  • noun hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails
    platyrrhinian; platyrrhine.
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Night monkey

  • (Zoöl.), an owl monkey.
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old world monkey

  • noun of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together
    catarrhine.
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Owl monkey

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of South American nocturnal monkeys of the genus Nyctipithecus. They have very large eyes. Called also durukuli.
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Pluto monkey

  • (Zoöl.), a long-tailed African monkey (Cercopithecus pluto), having side whiskers. The general color is black, more or less grizzled; the frontal band is white.
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Powder monkey

  • noun someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
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  • (Naut.), a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy.
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Proboscis monkey

  • noun Borneo monkey having a long bulbous nose
    Nasalis larvatus.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Kahau.
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rhesus monkey

  • noun of southern Asia; used in medical research
    rhesus; Macaca mulatta.
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Sacred monkey

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) Any Asiatic monkey of the genus Semnopitchecus, regarded as sacred by the Hindoos; especially, the entellus . See Entellus. (b) The sacred baboon. See Hamadryas. (c) The blunder monkey.
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Sloth monkey

  • (Zoöl.), a loris.
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Spider monkey

  • noun arboreal monkey of tropical America with long slender legs and long prehensile tail
    Ateles geoffroyi.
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  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of South American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having very long legs and a long prehensile tail.
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Squirrel monkey

  • noun small long-tailed monkey of Central American and South America with greenish fur and black muzzle
    Saimiri sciureus.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) Any one of several species of small, soft-haired South American monkeys of the genus Calithrix. They are noted for their graceful form and agility. See Teetee. (b) A marmoset.
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titi monkey

  • noun small South American monkeys with long beautiful fur and long nonprehensile tail
    titi.
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To monkey with

  • to handle in a meddlesome manner. Colloq.
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Ventriloquist monkey

  • (Zoöl.), the onappo; so called from the character of its cry.
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vervet monkey

  • noun South African monkey with black face and hands
    Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus; vervet.
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Widow monkey

  • (Zoöl.), a small South American monkey (Callithrix lugens); so called on account of its color, which is black except the dull whitish arms, neck, and face, and a ring of pure white around the face.
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Winking monkey

  • (Zoöl.), the white-nosed monkey (Cersopithecus nictitans).
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Woolly monkey

  • noun large monkeys with dark skin and woolly fur of the Amazon and Orinoco basins
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  • (Zoöl.), any South American monkey of the genus Lagothrix, as the caparro.
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