The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.''
The people of England will not ape the fashions they
have never tried.
n. foolish imitation or mimicry vb. (present participle of ape English)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"imitation, mimicry," 1680s, verbal noun from ape (v.).
Usage examples of "aping".
But Thomas was back floundering in the void of his nameless ness mocked by his own presumptuous aims and apings.