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  • adj. like a monkey


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  • Babies born in times of famine or siege are sometimes, as it were, imperfectly finished, and sometimes have what may be described as monkeyish features and ways.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told

  • He was short and plain, and he had an appearance of being slightly deformed, a "monkeyish" look, due to his build and his long arms.

    The Wonder

  • He could see him yet, his queer little monkeyish face eloquent with fear, his back burdened with specimen cases, in his hands Bassett's butterfly net and naturalist's shot-gun, as he quavered, in Beche-de-mer English: Me fella too much fright along bush.


  • The other person was Harold the driver, that single heavy eyebrow somehow making him a bit monkeyish.

    Dog on It

  • We were, of course, like everybody else, a bunch of signifying monkeys, more monkeyish than some, but of a type, hanging tentatively suspended in our interpretive jungle, sending shared meanings spinning along the dense thicket of language.

    April « 2006 « Bill Ayers

  • He has an old, old eye, has Smallweed; and he drinks and smokes in a monkeyish way; and his neck is stiff in his collar; and he is never to be taken in; and he knows all about it, whatever it is.

    Bleak House

  • Good evening, gentlemen, said the stubble-grown monkeyish face. —

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • A cataclysm resulted during which the gods OVERNIGHT devolved all but a few Atlanteans back into beasts—into the frail, miserable, generally perverted and monkeyish Homo Connectus, which shat from trees and did not even know ordinary Sex.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • She wore a false front, which she called a topknot, the small, crimped, deep-brown mohair curls of which were bound about her forehead with a bit of black velvet ribbon, while gray hairs straggled from underneath to make the patent sham more transparent still; and over her topknot she wore a rusty black cap that enclosed the keen monkeyish face like a ruff.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • His monkeyish face was lighted up with a look of more intelligence than usual, which made his ugly features more forbidding and repulsive.

    The Kentucky Ranger


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