A monkey is any member of two of the three groupings of simian primates. These three groupings are the New World monkeys, the Old World monkeys, and the apes. The New World monkeys are classified within the parvorder Platyrrhini, whereas the Old World monkeys (superfamily Cercopithecoidea) form part of the parvorder Catarrhini, which also includes the apes. Thus, scientifically speaking, monkeys do not form a "natural group", in that the Old World monkeys are actually more closely related to the apes than they are to the New World species. There are 264 known extant species of monkey. Because of their similarity to monkeys, apes such as chimpanzees and gibbons are often called monkeys in informal usage, though biologists don't consider them to be monkeys. Conversely, due to its size (up to 1 metre) the Mandrill is often thought to be an ape, but it is actually an Old World monkey. Also, a few monkey species have the word "ape" in their common name. Because they are not a single coherent group, monkeys do not have any particular traits that they all share and are not shared with the remaining group of simians, the apes.
Look theres a monkey in that tree.
by TheGreenLing June 05, 2007
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Slang for the female genetalia, Pussy!
Hey dog, that bitch has a fat ass monkey!!
by Chris January 21, 2005
The most awesome animal in the world. Can be tamed to play instruments, act in movies, etc. He who has a monkey 0wns.
I bought a monkey yesterday, and now I am extremely cool.
by KaiserMonkey August 26, 2003
A racial slur directed towards a person of African-American ethnicity.
Hey look at that nigger, you stupid monkey!
by Jon October 19, 2003
cockney(London slang for 500 Quid
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a furry animal with destructive tendencies
Hes got a monkey in his wallet!

Look at the cute fuzzy monkey
by Psymonos March 24, 2003
One of the three primary ingredients of a good game.
Nothing in life can not be improved with either monkeys, pirates or ninjas
by Bumbleflid June 17, 2003
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