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 for monkey
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monkey \Mon"key\, n.; pl. Monkeys. [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It.
     monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr.
     fr. madonna. See Madonna.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana,
            including apes, baboons, and lemurs.
        (b) Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs.
        (c) Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such
            as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of
            apes and baboons.
            [1913 Webster]
     Note: The monkeys are often divided into three groups: ({a)
           Catarrhines, or Simidae. These have an oblong head,
           with the oblique flat nostrils near together. Some have
           no tail, as the apes. All these are natives of the Old
           World. ({b) Platyrhines, or Cebidae. These have a
           round head, with a broad nasal septum, so that the
           nostrils are wide apart and directed downward. The tail
           is often prehensile, and the thumb is short and not
           opposable. These are natives of the New World. ({c)
           Strepsorhines, or Lemuroidea. These have a pointed
           head with curved nostrils. They are natives of Southern
           Asia, Africa, and Madagascar.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A term of disapproval, ridicule, or contempt, as for a
        mischievous child.
        [1913 Webster]
              This is the monkey's own giving out; she is
              persuaded I will marry her.           --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. The weight or hammer of a pile driver, that is, a very
        heavy mass of iron, which, being raised on high, falls on
        the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the
        falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
        [1913 Webster]
     Monkey boat. (Naut.)
        (a) A small boat used in docks.
        (b) A half-decked boat used on the River Thames.
     Monkey block (Naut.), a small single block strapped with a
        swivel. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
     Monkey flower (Bot.), a plant of the genus Mimulus; -- so
        called from the appearance of its gaping corolla. --Gray.
     Monkey gaff (Naut.), a light gaff attached to the topmast
        for the better display of signals at sea.
     Monkey jacket, a short closely fitting jacket, worn by
     Monkey rail (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about
        six inches above the quarter rail of a ship.
     Monkey shine, monkey trick. [Slang, U.S.]
     Monkey trick, a mischievous prank. --Saintsbury.
     Monkey wheel. See Gin block, under 5th Gin.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monkey \Mon"key\, v. t. & i.
     To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a
     grotesque or meddlesome manner.
     [1913 Webster]
     To monkey with, To monkey around with, to handle in a
        meddlesome manner. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the
      2: one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp,
         monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag]
      v 1: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively
           or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my
           desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts" [syn: tamper,
           fiddle, monkey]
      2: do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly;
         "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
         [syn: putter, mess around, potter, tinker, monkey,
         monkey around, muck about, muck around]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  204 Moby Thesaurus words for "monkey":
     Cape polecat, Chiroptera, Irish, Lagomorpha, Primates, Rodentia,
     ape, ass, babe, bad temper, bantam, bar, bawbee, bear, boob, butt,
     byword, byword of reproach, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, chump, cinch,
     conformist, coon, copier, copy, copycat, copyist, coquet,
     counterfeiter, credulous person, crown, cuckoo, cull, dabble,
     dally, dander, derision, devil, dissembler, dissimulator, dollar,
     dupe, duplicate, easy mark, easy pickings, echo, echoer, echoist,
     fair game, faker, fall guy, farthing, ferret, fiddle, fiddle with,
     fiddle-faddle, fidget with, figure of fun, finger with, fish,
     fiver, flirt, florin, fool, fool around, fool with, forger,
     foumart, fourpence, fourpenny, fribble, frivol, game, gamin,
     gazingstock, glutton, goat, gobe-mouches, greener, greenhorn,
     greeny, groat, groundhog, gudgeon, guinea, guinea pig, gull,
     half crown, half dollar, halfpenny, hedgehog, horse around,
     hypocrite, idle, imitate, imitator, imp, impersonate, impersonator,
     impostor, innocent, interfere with, jerk off, jest, jestingstock,
     joke, kid around, laughingstock, leadpipe cinch, little, loiter,
     mag, mark, meddle with, meg, mess around, mime, mimer, mimic,
     mimicker, mischief-maker, mite, mocker, mockery, mockingbird, monk,
     monkey around, mousehound, new pence, np, opossum, p, parrot,
     patsy, pence, penny, petite, phony, piddle, pigeon, plagiarist,
     play, play around, play with, plaything, polecat, poll-parrot,
     polly, polly-parrot, pony, porcupine, poseur, possum, potter,
     pound, prairie dog, primate, prize sap, pushover, putter, quid,
     quill pig, raccoon, rapscallion, rascal, sap, saphead, scamp,
     schlemiel, sheep, shilling, simian, simulator, sitting duck,
     sixpence, skunk, smallish, smatter, stock, stooge, sucker,
     tamper with, target, temper, tenner, threepence, threepenny bit,
     thrippence, tinker, toy, toy with, trifle, trusting soul, tuppence,
     twiddle, twopence, victim, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine,
     woodchuck, zoril

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MONKEY, n.  An arboreal animal which makes itself at home in
  genealogical trees.

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