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Ape (noun)

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Ape. n.s. [ape, Icelandish.]

  1. A kind of monkey remarkable for imitating what he sees.

    I will be more newfangled than an ape, more giddy in my desires than a monkey. Shakesp. As you like it.

    Writers report, that the heart of an ape worn near the heart, comforteth the heart, and increaseth audacity. It is true, that the ape is a merry and bold beast. Bacon's Natural History.

    With glittering gold and sparkling gems they shine,
    But apes and monkeys are the gods within.
    Granville.

  2. An imitator; used generally in the bad sense.

    Julio Romano, who, had he himself eternity, and couuld put breath into his work, would beguile nature of her custom: so perfectly he is her ape. Shakesp. Winter's Tale.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Granville, George (23) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Icelandic (4) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ape (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2848.


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