Child vs Monkey - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between child and monkey

is that child is a daughter or son; an offspring while monkey is any member of the clade simiiformes not also of the clade hominoidea containing humans and apes, from which they are usually, but not universally, distinguished by smaller size, a tail, and cheek pouches.

As a verb monkey is

(label) to meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle.



Alternative forms

* (l) (archaic)


  • A daughter or son; an offspring.
  • (figuratively) An offspring; one born in, or considered a product of the culture of, a place.
  • * 1984 , Mary Jane Matz, The Many Lives of Otto Kahn: A Biography , page 5:
  • For more than forty years, he preached the creed of art and beauty. He was heir to the ancient wisdom of Israel, a child of Germany, a subject of Great Britain, later an American citizen, but in truth a citizen of the world.
  • (figuratively) A member of a tribe, a people or a race of beings; one born into or considered a product of a people.
  • * 2009 , Edward John Moreton Dunsany, Tales of Wonder , page 64:
  • Plash-Goo was of the children of the giants, whose sire was Uph. And the lineage of Uph had dwindled in bulk for the last five hundred years, till the giants were now no more than fifteen foot high; but Uph ate elephants
  • (figuratively) A thing or abstraction derived from or caused by something.
  • * 1991 , (w, Midnight's Children) , (Salman Rushdie) (title)
  • A person who is below the age of adulthood; a minor (person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability).
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child' s life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.}}
  • (computing) A data item, process or object which has a subservient or derivative role relative to another data item, process or object.
  • * 2011 , John Mongan, ?Noah Kindler, ?Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed
  • The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf).
  • (obsolete) A female infant; a girl.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A boy or a child , I wonder?


    * (daughter or son) boy, fruit of one's loins, girl, kid, offspring * (young person) bairn, boy, brat, girl, kid, lad, lass * See also


    * (daughter or son) father, mother, parent * (person below the age of adulthood) adult * parent

    Derived terms

    * boomerang child * childhood * childish * childless * childlike * love-child * lovechild * manchild * middle child * only child * perpetual child * problem child * schoolchild * war child * with child

    See also

    * orling


    * Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary (accessed November 2007). * American Heritage Dictionary , Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company (2003). English nouns with irregular plurals 1000 English basic words



    (wikipedia monkey)


    (en noun)
  • Any member of the clade Simiiformes not also of the clade Hominoidea containing humans and apes, from which they are usually, but not universally, distinguished by smaller size, a tail, and cheek pouches.
  • (label) A mischievous child.
  • Five hundred pounds sterling.
  • (label) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.
  • (label) A person with minimal intelligence and/or (bad) looks.
  • (label) A face card.
  • (label) A menial employee who does a repetitive job.
  • The weight or hammer of a pile driver; a heavy mass of iron, which, being raised high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.
  • A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
  • Derived terms

    * (menial employee) phone monkey, code monkey * brass monkey * capuchin monkey * grease monkey * green monkey * green monkey disease * monkey barge * monkey bars * monkey bike * monkey boot * monkey bread * monkey business * monkey dance * monkey drill * monkey-faced owl * monkey flip * monkey humping a football * monkey in the middle * monkey jacket * monkey motion * monkey nut * monkey orchid * monkey pole * monkey rum * monkey show * monkey spoon * monkey squirrel * monkey stove * Monkey Ward's * monkey orange * monkey pistol * monkey thorn * monkey wrench * not give a monkey's


  • (label) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle.
  • ''Please don't monkey with the controls if you don't know what you're doing.
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter XII
  • “As an inventor,” Bob Mason suggested, “you're a howling success at shooting craps! Why monkey with weak imitations when you can come close to the original?”

    Derived terms

    {{der3, code monkey , grease monkey , I'll be a monkey's uncle , make a monkey out of , monkey's uncle , monkey around , monkey bars , monkey boy , monkey business , monkey humping a football , monkey man , monkey meat , monkeynut , monkey trial , monkey up , monkey script , , monkeyshines , monkey wrench , New World monkey , Old World monkey , porch monkey , powder monkey , snow monkey , spank the monkey}}

    See also

    * ape * primate 1000 English basic words