monkey business

mon·key busi·ness
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [muhng-kee biz-nis]
    • /ˈmʌŋ ki ˈbɪz nɪs/
    • /ˈmʌŋ.ki ˈbɪznəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [muhng-kee biz-nis]
    • /ˈmʌŋ ki ˈbɪz nɪs/

Definitions of monkey business words

  • noun monkey business frivolous or mischievous behavior. 1
  • noun monkey business improper or underhanded conduct; trickery. 1
  • noun monkey business silly or frivolous behaviour 1
  • noun monkey business trickery, deceitful behaviour 1
  • noun monkey business mischievous, suspect, dishonest, or meddlesome behaviour or acts 0
  • noun monkey business foolish, mischievous, or deceitful tricks or behavior 0

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Origin of monkey business

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85

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Parts of speech for Monkey business


monkey business popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 2% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for monkey business

noun monkey business

  • absurdity — the quality or state of being absurd; nonsense
  • disobedience — lack of obedience or refusal to comply; disregard or transgression.
  • foolishness — resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwise: a foolish action, a foolish speech.
  • hanky-panky — unethical behavior; deceit: When the bank teller bought an expensive car and house, they suspected there might be some hanky-panky going on.
  • high jinks — boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun: The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks.

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