A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family SimiadÃ¦, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates, and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes.
2 One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic. Byron.
3 A dupe. [Obs.] Chaucer.
To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. “How he apes his sire.” Addison. The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried. Burke.