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.

Definitions of ape
  1. noun
    any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
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    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:
    any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet
  2. noun
    person who resembles a nonhuman primate
    synonyms: anthropoid
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    type of:
    someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
  3. verb
    represent in or produce a caricature of
    synonyms: caricature
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    type of:
    imitate with mockery and derision
  4. verb
    imitate uncritically and in every aspect
    “Her little brother apes her behavior”
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    type of:
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
  5. noun
    someone who copies the words or behavior of another
    synonyms: aper, copycat, emulator, imitator
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    epigon, epigone
    an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
    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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