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Apish \Ap"ish\, a. Having the qualities of an ape; prone to imitate in a servile manner. Hence: Apelike; fantastically silly; foppish; affected; trifling.

The apish gallantry of a fantastic boy.
--Sir W. Scott.


a. Resembling or characteristic of an ape.


adj. being or given to servile imitation [syn: apelike]

Usage examples of "apish".

Ham seemed to be a little faster on his feet, although the apish Monk moved with fantastic speed for one of such grotesque physique.

He tried to slug the apish Monk in the pit of the stomach, and the sound was much as if his knuckles had rapped a hard wall.

His apish visage began to look as if whitewash were being pumped under the skin.

He would devil the apish fellow, make him think he was being attacked.

He picked up a rock, scuttled forward into a thicket in which the apish form had vanished, drew back his arm and hurled the rock.

However, they must have come close to the apish man, because the latter turned and sought safety.

Sagebrush became convinced that the short, apish marauder was as much a stranger to the Lazy Y men as to himself.

Lazy Y foreman, went to the spot where he had caught the mysterious, apish gentleman examining the box, and searched industriously for half an hour before he found what he wanted--the sheet of paper the apish fellow had dropped.

From that apish, ferocious-looking giant he had expected a voice that was a whooping roar.

He examined the forms of the seven white-furred, apish men--for men they were!

Their long-armed, apish forms seemed adapted to the rough going--the way was almost half steady climbing up, and down.

The apish savages, lacking the agility to leap the streets, were greatly handicapped.

The utter implausibility of this woman and her apish companion suddenly appearing on the doomed construction site left the young g-man dumbfounded.

In the space of just a few minutes she had seen ten armed men carrying suitcases, a sable-garbed woman with two steel hooks for hands, and now a diamond-studded blond followed by a hulking, apish brute of a man.

Behind him sat the apish behemoth Jingles with his head swathed in white gauze.