ape

To ape someone is to imitate them, often in a mocking way. Most people don't like being aped.

To ape is to imitate, but it can mean a few different things. One type of aping is to blatantly imitate something or someone in every way. That's considered a bad thing because it's so unoriginal — it's a rip-off. Another kind of aping is like a caricature — to ape in this way is a way of making fun or spoofing someone. Either way, you probably don't want to be accused of aping.

Primary Meanings of ape

1.
n
any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
2.
v
represent in or produce a caricature of
3.
vn
imitate uncritically and in every aspect
someone who copies the words or behavior of another
Full Definitions of ape
1

n any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

Types:
anthropoid ape
any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae
great ape, pongid
any of the large anthropoid apes of the family Pongidae
lesser ape
gibbons and siamangs
Type of:
primate
any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet

n person who resembles a nonhuman primate

Synonyms:
anthropoid
Type of:
misfit
someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
2

v represent in or produce a caricature of

Synonyms:
caricature
Type of:
mock
imitate with mockery and derision
3

v imitate uncritically and in every aspect

“Her little brother apes her behavior”
Type of:
imitate
appear like, as in behavior or appearance

n someone who copies the words or behavior of another

Synonyms:
aper, copycat, emulator, imitator
Types:
epigon, epigone
an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
parrot
a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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