Meaning of “chimpanzee” in the English Dictionary


"chimpanzee" in English

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chimpanzeenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌtʃɪm.pænˈziː/ us /ˌtʃɪm.pænˈziː/ informal chimp,

Examples from literature

  • While many other animals, such as chimpanzees and dolphins, live in groups and communicate, scientists don’t know for certain whether they can talk and share complicated ideas. 
  • Both chimpanzee and orang are markedly contrasted with the fierce and gloomy gorilla. 
  • He reminds us how close we are of kin to the frolicsome chimpanzee. 
  • Man's brain is more complicated than that of the higher apes—gorilla, orang, and chimpanzee—and it is relatively larger. 
  • The anatomical structure of man is closely similar to that of the anthropoid apes—the gorilla, the orang, the chimpanzee, and the gibbon. 
  • There is a long gamut between the bushy-tailed, almost squirrel-like marmosets and the big-brained chimpanzee. 

(Definition of “chimpanzee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chimpanzee" in American English

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chimpanzeenoun [ C ]

us /ˌtʃɪm·pænˈzi/ short form chimp, /tʃɪmp/

an African ape (= animal related to monkeys) with black or brown fur

(Definition of “chimpanzee” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)