Monkey vs Pope - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between monkey and pope

is that 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 while pope is (pope).

As a verb monkey

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

As a proper noun pope is

originating as a nickname.



(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



    Caprara. The Pope wears the pallium.

    Alternative forms

    * Pope

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pope, popa, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • An honorary title of the Roman Catholic bishop of Rome as father and head of his church.
  • * ante'' 950 , translating (Bede)'s ''(Ecclesiastical History) (Tanner), iv. i. 252
  • Þa]] tid [[Vitalius, Uitalius papa þæs apostolican seðles aldorbiscop.
  • * 1959 August 19 , (w, Flannery O'Connor), letter in Habit of Being (1980), 347
  • The Pope is not going to issue a bull condemning the Spanish Church's support of France and destroy the Church's right to exist in Spain.
  • * 2007 May 5, Ted Koppel (guest), Wait, Wait... Don’t tell me! , National Public Radio
  • I really did want to interview the pope'. Any ' pope . I'm not particular.
  • # Any similarly absolute and 'infallible' authority.
  • #* 1689 , G. Bulkeley, People's Right to Election'' in ''Andros Tracts (1869), II. 106
  • We often say, that every man has a pope in his belly.
  • #* 1893 January 19 , Nation (N.Y.), 46/3
  • ... accepted him [Dante Gabriel Rossetti] as the infallible Pope of Art.
  • #* 1972 June 2 , Science , 966/2
  • Both [discoveries] were rejected offhand by the popes of the field.
  • #* 1978 , Atlas World Press Review , volume 25, page 19:
  • Above all, the SED reformers cite the progress inherent in the emancipation of Westem Communist parties from the "red popes in the Kremlin."
  • # (by extension) Any similar head of a religion.
  • #* (John Mandeville), Travels (Titus C.xvi, 1919), 205
  • In þat]] yle dwelleth the Pope of hire lawe, [[they, þei clepen lobassy.
  • #* 1787 , A. Hawkins translating Vincent Mignot as The history of the Turkish, or Ottoman Empire , IV.
  • Mufti , the Mahometan pope or chief of the religion.
  • #* 2005 April 6 , Kansas City Star , b7
  • Although Islam has no formal hierarchy of clergy, Tantawy [Egypt's grand imam] often is called the Muslim pope .
  • # (uncommon) A theocrat, a priest-king, including (at first especially) over the imaginary land of (Prester John) or (now) in figurative and alliterative uses.
  • #* ante'' 1500 , (John Mandeville), ''Travels (Rawl., 1953), 103
  • Eche]] day there etyn in his court xii erchebeshopis and xx bishopis, and the patriak of [[Saint Thomas, Seynt Thomays is as here pope .
  • #* 1993 December , Vanity Fair (N.Y.), 62/1
  • , known as ‘the Pope of Pop’ is one of the top record producer-engineers in the world.
  • # (UK) An effigy of the pope traditionally burnt in Britain on Guy Fawkes' Day and (occasionally) at other times.
  • #* 1830 , Alexander Pope, The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope , page xxi:
  • This is the only piece in which the author has given a hint of his religion, by ridiculing the ceremony of burning the pope , and by mentioning with some indignation the inscription
  • #* 2005 , Gary S. De Krey, London and the Restoration, 1659–1683 (ISBN 1107320682), page 182:
  • As York's succession was challenged by burning the pope , the Duke of Monmouth was again heralded in the city as a Protestant alternative.
  • # (US, obsolete) Pope Day, the present Guy Fawkes Day.
  • (Coptic Church) An honorary title of the Coptic bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his church.
  • (Eastern Orthodoxy) An honorary title of the Orthodox bishop of Alexandria as father and head of his autocephalous church.
  • (Christianity, historical, obsolete) Any bishop of the early Christian church.
  • * 1563 , 2nd Tome Homelyes, sig. Hh.i
  • All notable Bishops were then called popes .
  • * 1703 , translating U. Chevreau as Hist. World , III. v. 379
  • All Bishops in that time had the Stile]] of Pope given them, as now we call every one of them, [[my Lord, My Lord.
  • (UK) The ruffe, a small Eurasian freshwater fish (); others of its genus.
  • * 1792 , William Augustus Osbaldiston, The British Sportsman, Or, Nobleman, Gentleman and Farmer's Dictionary of Recreation and Amusement , page 176:
  • Byfleet-river, wherein are very large pikes, jack, and tench ; perch, of eighteen inches long ; good carp, large flounders, bream, roach, dace, gudgeons, popes , large chub, and eels.
  • * 1862 , Francis T. Buckland, Curiosities of Natural History , page 230:
  • It resembles the perch (unfortunately for itself) in having a very long and prickly fin on its back, advantage of which is taken by the boys about Windsor, who are very fond of 'plugging a pope'.' This operation consists in fixing a bung in the sharp spines on the poor ' pope's back fin, and then throwing him into the water.
  • * 1865 January 14, Astley H. Baldwin, "Small Fry" in Once a Week , page 105:
  • Popes are caught whilst gudgeon-fishing with the red worm, but they are sometimes a great nuisance to the perch-fisher, as they take the minnow.
  • (rfv-sense) ).
  • * 1658 , J. Rowland translating T. Moffet as Theater of Insects'' in Topsell's ''Hist. Four-footed Beasts , 1086:
  • The English call the Wheat-worm]] Kis, Pope , Bowde, Weevil and [[wibil, Wibil.
  • * 1743 , W. Ellis, Suppl. to London & Country Brewer second edition, 259:
  • At Winchester they call this Insect [the weevil], Pope , Black-bob]], or [[creeper, Creeper.
  • * 1847 , J. O. Halliwell, Dictionary of Archaic & Provincial Words , II. 637/2
  • Popes , weevils. Urry gives this as a Hampshire word, in his MS. adds. to Ray.
  • (rfv-sense) ).
  • *1759 , "Linnæus's Systema Naturæ", The Gentleman's Magazine , page 456:
  • *:Alca genus; 6 species, including the razorbill, the penguin, the pope , and others.
  • *1773 , John Hill, "Alca", A General Natural History , volume 3, page 442:
  • The Pope : This is a very singular bird; it is about the size of our widgeon, or somewhat larger, but is not quite so large as the duck: the head is large and rounded; the eyes are small, and stand forward on the head, and lower down than in the generality of birds [...]
  • * 1822 , George Woodley, A view of the present state of the Scilly Islands , page 264-5:
  • "About a hundred yards further North" says Troutbeck, "is a 'subterraneous' cavern called the Pope's' Hole, about fifty fathoms under the ground, into which the sea flows, so called from a sort of bird which roosts in it by night, about ninety feet high above the level of the water."!! [...] It derives its name from its being a place of shelter to some puffins, ''vulgo'' "' popes ".
  • * 1864 , Charles Issac Elton, Norway: The Road and the Fell , page 94:
  • The Norsemen catch great numbers of these popes , parrots, or lunder , as they are variously named, and train dogs to go into the holes where the puffin has its nest, lying in it with feet in the air.
  • * 1874 , J. Van Voorst, Zoologist: A Monthly Journal of Natural History , page 3904:
  • I was informed by a fisherman that there were now hundreds of gannets in the channel off Plymouth, and that he had also met with some puffins (which he called "popes ")
  • ).
  • * 1771 , M. Bossu, Travels Through that Part of North America Formerly Called Louisiana , volume 1, page 371:
  • The Pope is of a bright blue round the head; on the throat it is of a fine red, and on the back of a gold green colour, it sings very finely and is the size of a canary bird.
  • * 1806 , Berquin-Duvallon, Travels in Louisiana and the Floridas, in the Year, 1802: Giving a Correct Picture of Those Countries , page 122:
  • The birds [of Louisiana] are the partridge, cardinal and pope , and a species of mocking bird, called the nightingale.
  • * 1821 Édouard de Montulé, A Voyage to North America, and the West Indies in 1817 , page 54:
  • [...] some others, such as the crow, the heron, and the wild goose, which are found in Europe, I also observed ; but the most beautiful are the pope'' bird, whose head seems bound with the most bright azure blue, and the ''cardinal , being entirely of dazzling scarlet [...]
  • (rfv-sense) The bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula ).
  • * 1864 , N. & Q. 3rd series, 5 124/2:
  • Pope', Nope]], Alp, Red-Hoop, and [[tony-hoop, Tony-Hoop, are all provincial appellations of... the common ' Bullfinch .
  • * 1885 , C. Swainson, Provincial Names for British Birds , 66:
  • Bullfinch... From Alp]], the old name for the bird used in Ray's time, the following seem to be derived:—Hoop, or Hope... Pope' ((Dorset)). Hope and [[mwope, Mwope are identical, as also ' Pope .
  • * 1963 , R. M. Nance, Glossary of Cornish Sea-words , 129:
  • *:‘Pope ’ is in (Dorset) a bullfinch.
  • * 2001 April 10 , Western Morning News (Plymouth), 26:
  • Bullfinches are known as hoops in the (Westcountry), from their calls, and as mawps and popes .
  • (rfv-sense) ).
  • * 1885 , C. Swainson, Provincial Names of British Birds , 47:
  • Red-backed shrike... Pope (Hants).
  • The red-cowled cardinal ().
  • * 1864 August 6, The Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman , page 100:
  • From the sketch of the bird which you have sent us, there is no doubt about its being the Pope Grosbeak, which is a species of the Cardinal, but not the crested one.
  • * 1883 , William Thomas Greene, The amateur's aviary of foreign birds: or, How to keep and breed foreign birds , page 96:
  • The Pope is a native of Brazil, and the female (it is altogether incongrouous to think of a lady pontiff) exactly resembles her mate.
  • * 1895 , A. A. Thom, "Dominican cardinals" in The Avicultural Magazine , page 128:
  • SIR,—I should be glad to learn how to treat Pope birds (Crestless Cardinals) when nesting.
  • * 1898 , The Avicultural Magazine , Volume 4, page 87:
  • Besides the Bicheno's Finches in this Class, the judge disqualified, in other Classes, a pair of Magpie Mannikins and a pair of Popes . These entries were presumably all disqualified on the ground that they were not true pairs: they are all birds in which the outward differences between the sexes (if there be any outward difference at all) are of an extremely slight and uncertain nature.
  • * 1956 , Foreign birds for cage and aviary , Volume 4, page 20:
  • The wisest plan is always to keep the Pope Cardinal in an aviary, and to have only one pair to each aviary.
    Usage notes
    In English usage, originally and generally taken to refer to the bishop of Rome, although the Egyptian title is actually older. Within the Coptic church, the patriarch of Alexandria is normally styled Pope ~; within the Eastern Orthodox church, their separate patriarch of Alexandria is formally titled Pope of Alexandria but referred to as such only in the liturgy and official documents.
    Coordinate terms
    * (adjective) papal * (office) papacy * (rival) antipope * (female) popess, papess * (supporter) papist
    * (Catholic) Bishop of Rome, Patriarch of Rome, Vicar of Christ * (Coptic) Bishop]] of Alexandria, [[patriarch, Patriarch of Alexandria * (Orthodox) Orthodox Bishop of Alexandria * (Pope Day) See Guy Fawkes Day. * See their respective entries .
    Derived terms
    * antipope * black pope, Black Pope * does the Pope shit in the woods? * is the Pope Catholic? * pope-bulled * pope-burning * Pope catholic * pope-conjurer * pope-consecrated * Pope Day * popedom * pope-fly * Pope of Fools * pope-given * Pope's-hat * pope-horn * Pope John * Pope-king * Pope's Knight * pope's living room * pope's-milk * popemobile, Popemobile * Pope Night * pope's nose * pope pleasing * pope-powdered * pope-prompted * pope-rid * Pope-trumpery * pope worshipper * Red Pope * White Pope


  • To act as or like a pope.
  • * 1537 , T. Cromwell in R. B. Merriman, Life & Lett. Cromwell (1902), II. 89
  • Paul popith Jolyly]], that woll desire the worlde to pray for the [[king's, kinges apeyrement.
  • * 1624 , R. Montagu, Gagg for New Gospell? xiii. 95
  • , that now Popeth it .
  • * 1966 February , Duckett's Reg. , 14/2
  • would pope it in his own way, God guiding him.
  • * 1989 September 24 , Los Angeles Times , iii. 22/1
  • I saw where the Pope poped and where the pigeons flocked. Pretty interesting if you're Catholic and like pigeons.
  • (colloquial) To convert to Roman Catholicism.
  • * in (Evelyn Waugh)'s Life R. Knox (1959), ii. i. 142
  • I'm not going to ‘Pope ’ until after the war (if I'm alive).
  • * 1990 October 7 , Sunday Telegraph , 26/5
  • A prominent Anglican priest had, to use the term generally employed on these occasions, ‘Poped ’—that is, left the Church of England in order to become a Roman Catholic.

    Etymology 2

    By analogy with .


    (en noun)
  • (alcoholic beverages) Any mulled wine (traditionally including tokay) considered similar and superior to bishop.
  • * 1855 , C. W. Johnson, Farmer's & Planter's Encycl. Rural Affairs , 1157/1
  • When made with Burgundy]] or Bordeaux, the mixture was called Bishop; when with old Rhenish, its name was Cardinal; and when with [[tokay, Tokay, it was dignified with the title of Pope .
  • * 1920 , G. Saintsbury, Notes on Cellar-bk. , xi. 162
  • *:‘Pope ’, i.e. mulled burgundy, is Antichristian, from no mere Protestant point of view.
  • * 1965 , O. A. Mendelsohn, Dict. Drink , 264
  • Pope , a spiced drink made from tokay..., ginger, honey and roasted orange.
  • * 1976 January 15 , Times (London), 12/8
  • Many of these hot drinks have clerical names—Bishop]] being a type of mulled port, Cardinal using claret, and Pope [[champagne, Champagne.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) , from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (Russian Orthodoxy) , a Russian Orthodox priest.
  • * 1662 , J. Davies translating A. Olearius as Voy. & Trav. Ambassadors , 139
  • The other Ecclesiastical Orders are distinguish'd into Proto-popes', ' Popes , (or Priests) and Deacons.
  • * 1756 , Compend. Authentic & Entertaining Voy. , V. 202
  • Every priest is called pope , which implies father.
  • * 1996 September 20 , Daily Telegraph , 25/5
  • In the non-Roman rites diocesan priests are often referred to as popes .

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (US, dialectal, obsolete) The whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus ).
  • * 1781 , S. Peters, Gen. Hist. Connecticut , 257:
  • The Whipperwill has so named itself by its nocturnal songs. It is also called the pope', by reason of its darting with great swiftness, from the clouds almost to the ground, and bawling out ' Pope !
  • (US, dialectal, rare) The nighthawk (Chordeiles minor ).
  • * 1956 , Massachusetts Audubon Soc. Bull. , 40 81:
  • Common Nighthawk... Pope (Conn[ecticut]. From the sound made by its wings while dropping through the air).


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