Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “monkey about/around (with sth)”

monkey about/around (with sth)

informal disapproving
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with monkey   /ˈmʌŋ.ki/ US informal us  
to behave, or to use or move things, in a silly and careless way: The children were bored and started monkeying around.
(Definition of monkey about/around (with sth) from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of monkey about/around (with sth)?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Behaving in a silly way, but you might be interested in these topics from the Behaving and interacting topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “monkey about/around (with sth)”

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More