apish definition

  • adjective:
    • Resembling an ape.
    • Slavishly or foolishly imitative: "My own performances were apish imitations of Olivier's stirring cadences” ( Robert Brustein).
    • Silly; outlandish.
    • Resembling or feature of an ape.
    • obtaining the characteristics of an ape; susceptible to copy in a servile fashion. Therefore: Apelike; fantastically ridiculous; foppish; affected; trifling.
    • becoming or given to servile replica
  • others:
    • obtaining the qualities of an ape; inclined to copy in a servile manner; ergo, foolishly foppish, affected, or trifling: as, apish ways.

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