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Mónkey. n.s. [monikin, a little man.]

  1. An ape; a baboon; a jackanapes. An animal bearing some resemblance of man.

    One of them shewed me a ring that he had of your daughter for a monkey: Tubal, it was my turquoise; I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys. Shakespeare.

    More new-fangled than an ape; more giddy in my desires than a monkey. Shakesp. As you like it.

    Other creatures, as well as monkeys, destroy their young ones by senseless fondness. Locke on Education.

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

  2. A word of contempt, or slight kindness.

    This is the monkey's own giving out; she is persuaded I will marry her. Shakespeare's Othello.

    Poor monkey! how wilt thou do for a father? Shakesp.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Granville, George (23) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Shakespeare's Othello (60)

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