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