Meaning of “monkey” in the English Dictionary

"monkey" in British English

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monkeynoun [ C ]

us uk /ˈmʌŋ.ki/

monkey noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

A2 an animal that lives in hot countries, has a long tail, and climbs trees. Monkeys are primates (= the group of animals that are most like humans) .


  • What's the difference between an ape and a monkey?
  • In the first question you had to name three types of monkey.
  • Using a bunch of bananas, the zoo-keeper persuaded the monkey back into its cage.
  • Bored out of its mind, the monkey stares out of the cage with unseeing eyes.

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

"monkey" in American English

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monkeynoun [ C ]

us /ˈmʌŋ·ki/

any of a group of mammals that usually have flat faces and long tails, esp. any of the smaller mammals in this group

verb us /ˈmʌŋ·ki/

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