Chimpanzee and Monkey

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee, sometimes colloquially chimp, is the common name for the two extant species of apes in the genus Pan.

chimpanzee n : intelligent somewhat arboreal ape of equatorial African forests [syn: {chimp}, {Pan troglodytes}]

29 Moby Thesaurus words for "chimpanzee": Cape polecat, ape, bar, bear, cavy, chimp, coon, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, polecat, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, quill pig, raccoon, skunk, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine, woodchuck, zoril

Chimpanzee \Chim*pan"zee\ (ch[i^]m*p[a^]n"z[-e]; 277), n. [From the native name: cf. F. chimpanz['e], chimpans['e], chimpanz['e]e.] (Zo["o]l.) An african ape ({Pan troglodytes}, formerly {Anthropithecus troglodytes}, or {Troglodytes niger}) which approaches more nearly to man, in most respects, than any other ape. It is the most intelligent of non-human animals, and when full grown, it is from three to four feet high. A variant called the {pygmy chimpanzee}, or {bonobo}, has been recently recognized as a separate species. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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.

monkey n 1: any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians) 2: one who is playfully mischievous [syn: {imp}, {scamp}, {rascal}, {rapscallion}, {scalawag}, {scallywag}] v 1: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts" [syn: {tamper}, {fiddle}] 2: do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly; "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house" [syn: {putter}, {mess around}, {potter}, {tinker}, {monkey around}, {muck about}, {muck around}]

204 Moby Thesaurus words for "monkey": Cape polecat, Chiroptera, Irish, Lagomorpha, Primates, Rodentia, ape, ass, babe, bad temper, bantam, bar, bawbee, bear, boob, butt, byword, byword of reproach, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, chump, cinch, conformist, coon, copier, copy, copycat, copyist, coquet, counterfeiter, credulous person, crown, cuckoo, cull, dabble, dally, dander, derision, devil, dissembler, dissimulator, dollar, dupe, duplicate, easy mark, easy pickings, echo, echoer, echoist, fair game, faker, fall guy, farthing, ferret, fiddle, fiddle with, fiddle-faddle, fidget with, figure of fun, finger with, fish, fiver, flirt, florin, fool, fool around, fool with, forger, foumart, fourpence, fourpenny, fribble, frivol, game, gamin, gazingstock, glutton, goat, gobe-mouches, greener, greenhorn, greeny, groat, groundhog, gudgeon, guinea, guinea pig, gull, half crown, half dollar, halfpenny, hedgehog, horse around, hypocrite, idle, imitate, imitator, imp, impersonate, impersonator, impostor, innocent, interfere with, jerk off, jest, jestingstock, joke, kid around, laughingstock, leadpipe cinch, little, loiter, mag, mark, meddle with, meg, mess around, mime, mimer, mimic, mimicker, mischief-maker, mite, mocker, mockery, mockingbird, monk, monkey around, mousehound, new pence, np, opossum, p, parrot, patsy, pence, penny, petite, phony, piddle, pigeon, plagiarist, play, play around, play with, plaything, polecat, poll-parrot, polly, polly-parrot, pony, porcupine, poseur, possum, potter, pound, prairie dog, primate, prize sap, pushover, putter, quid, quill pig, raccoon, rapscallion, rascal, sap, saphead, scamp, schlemiel, sheep, shilling, simian, simulator, sitting duck, sixpence, skunk, smallish, smatter, stock, stooge, sucker, tamper with, target, temper, tenner, threepence, threepenny bit, thrippence, tinker, toy, toy with, trifle, trusting soul, tuppence, twiddle, twopence, victim, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine, woodchuck, zoril

Monkey \Mon"key\, n.; pl. {Monkeys}. [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It. monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. fr. madonna. See {Madonna}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs. (b) Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs. (c) Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons. [1913 Webster] Note: The monkeys are often divided into three groups: ({a}) {Catarrhines}, or {Simid[ae]}. These have an oblong head, with the oblique flat nostrils near together. Some have no tail, as the apes. All these are natives of the Old World. ({b}) {Platyrhines}, or {Cebid[ae]}. These have a round head, with a broad nasal septum, so that the nostrils are wide apart and directed downward. The tail is often prehensile, and the thumb is short and not opposable. These are natives of the New World. ({c}) {Strepsorhines}, or {Lemuroidea}. These have a pointed head with curved nostrils. They are natives of Southern Asia, Africa, and Madagascar. [1913 Webster] 2. A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a mischievous child. [1913 Webster] This is the monkey's own giving out; she is persuaded I will marry her. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging. [1913 Webster] 4. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century. [1913 Webster] {Monkey boat}. (Naut.) (a) A small boat used in docks. (b) A half-decked boat used on the River Thames. {Monkey block} (Naut.), a small single block strapped with a swivel. --R. H. Dana, Jr. {Monkey flower} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Mimulus}; -- so called from the appearance of its gaping corolla. --Gray. {Monkey gaff} (Naut.), a light gaff attached to the topmast for the better display of signals at sea. {Monkey jacket}, a short closely fitting jacket, worn by sailors. {Monkey rail} (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about six inches above the quarter rail of a ship. {Monkey shine}, monkey trick. [Slang, U.S.] {Monkey trick}, a mischievous prank. --Saintsbury. {Monkey wheel}. See {Gin block}, under 5th {Gin}. [1913 Webster]

Monkey \Mon"key\, v. t. & i. To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner. [1913 Webster] {To monkey with}, {To monkey around with}, to handle in a meddlesome manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

MONKEY, n. An arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees.

Data Sources:

  • chimpanzee: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • chimpanzee: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • chimpanzee: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • monkey: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • monkey: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • monkey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • monkey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • monkey: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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