ape

ape
   In modern American usage ‘you big ape’ would normally be applied playfully to a muscular, but perhaps clumsy, man. According to A Dictionary of American Slang, by Robert Chapman, it can also mean a black person. It has perhaps that meaning in Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, where one black servant calls another ‘you pious black ape’.
   Shakespeare uses ‘ape’ vocatively to mean ‘foolish person’, as in Henry the Fourth Part One (2:iii) where Lady Percy asks her husband ‘What is it carries you away?’ ‘Why, my horse, my love, my horse,’ replies Hotspur. ‘Out, you mad-headed ape, says the irritated lady. In Henry the Fourth Part Two (2:iv) Doll Tearsheet says to Falstaff: ‘Ah, you sweet little rogue, you! Alas, poor ape, how thou sweat’st! Come, let me wipe thy face. Come on, you whoreson chops. Ah, rogue! i’ faith, I love thee.’ Doll is adept at using insults, as she shows elsewhere, but here she clearly converts them to covert endearments. A Salute to the Great McCarthy, by Barry Oakley, has ‘you great ape’ used by an Australian girl to a young man who is of impressive physique, a professional football player.

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  • APE — bzw. APE oder ape steht für: Theben (Ägypten), eine Stadt in Ägypten (historische hieroglyphische Bezeichnung) Ape (Kleintransporter), eine Kleintransporterreihe der Firma Piaggio Ape (Lettland) (dt. Hoppenhof), eine Stadt in Lettland Eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ape — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ape — bzw. APE oder ape steht für: Theben (Ägypten), eine Stadt in Ägypten (historische hieroglyphische Bezeichnung) Ape (Kleintransporter), eine Kleintransporterreihe der Firma Piaggio Ape (Lettland) (dt. Hoppenhof), eine Stadt in Lettland Eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ape — ape; ape·let; ape·rea; ape·ri·od·ic; semi·ape; ape·ri·ent; ape·ling; ape·ri·od·i·cal·ly; ape·ri·o·dic·i·ty; …   English syllables

  • ape — ⇒APE, APUS, subst. masc. ZOOL. Genre de crustacé branchiopode vivant en eau douce stagnante, caractérisé par une carapace formant bouclier dorsal : • Apus cancriforme (apus cancriformis) (...). Il se distingue tout de suite par une vaste carapace …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ape — Ape, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Aping}.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. How he apes his sire. Addison. [1913 Webster] The people of England will not ape the fashions… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ape — ([=a]p), n. [AS. apa; akin to D. aap, OHG. affo, G. affe, Icel. api, Sw. apa, Dan. abe, W. epa.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family {Simiad[ae]}, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ape — [āp] n. [ME < OE apa; akin to Ger affe < Gmc * apan, prob. < OSlav opica] 1. any gibbon or great ape 2. loosely any Old or New World monkey 3. a person who imitates; mimic 4. a person who is uncouth, gross, clumsy, etc. vt. aped …   English World dictionary

  • APE — (Heb. קוֹף), animal enumerated among the precious articles that Solomon imported (I Kings 10:22, II Chron. 9:21). The word kof derives from the Sanskrit kapi, meaning a tailless ape. In rabbinic literature, however, it refers both to the tailed… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ape — (Apen), Brodart der Hindu, aus Reißmehl mit Grütze …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • ape — index copy, impersonate, mock (imitate), pose (impersonate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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