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Definition 1: any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians) - [noun denoting animal]

(monkey is a kind of ...) any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet

(... is a kind of monkey ) of Africa or Arabia or Asia; having nonprehensile tails and nostrils close together

(... is a kind of monkey ) hairy-faced arboreal monkeys having widely separated nostrils and long usually prehensile tails

Definition 2: one who is playfully mischievous - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for monkey in the sense of this definition

(monkey is a kind of ...) a young person of either sex

"she writes books for children" "they're just kids" "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"

(... is a kind of monkey ) a very troublesome child

Definition 3: do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly - [verb of contact]

Samples where monkey or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house

Synonyms for monkey in the sense of this definition

(monkey is a kind of ...) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

(... is a kind of monkey ) mess around, as in a liquid or paste

"The children are having fun puddling in paint"

Definition 4: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly - [verb of contact]

Samples where monkey or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Someone tampered with the documents on my desk
  • The reporter fiddle with the facts

Synonyms for monkey in the sense of this definition

(monkey is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

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