1. (US) a general derog., esp. in racist contexts.
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 18 June n.p.: These monkey Frenchmen.|
|Cabbages & Kings 201: [of Central America] ‘We struck the monkey coast one afternoon [...] The monkeys were loading her up with big barges’.|
|Tropic Death (1972) 64: Hey, Porto Rico, snap into it! Dis ain’t no time to get foolin’ wit’ no monkey jane.|
|Banjo 125: ‘I’ll tell you a real man story, pardner,’ said Banjo, ‘that ain’t no monkey-coon affair.’.|
|Mister Johnson (1952) 123: I know the law as well as you do, Mr. Monkeybrand.|
|Plunder (2005) 261: The Red bastids [...] that’s what they want now – a goddam monkey revolution. [Ibid.] 303: A light voice questioned him in Tagalog. Monkey talk, he thought.|
|🎵 Well I’m leaving heeeee, swear I can’t take you / ’Cause there’s nothing now baby, a monkey woman like you can do.‘I’m Tired of Moanin’’|
|New Jack City [film script] He’s kicking his monkey ass.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 303: Should I straighten his monkey ass here and now.|
2. difficult, troublesome.
|(con. 1950s) Spend, Spend, Spend (1978) 55: Matt’s mother would untidy it [...] Then If I told her off she’d get really monkey about it.|
|Guardian Guide 22–28 May 6: You and your monkey friends are ruining it for everybody else.|
3. corrupt, illicit.
|You Flash Bastard 159: Sneed had another bent account in Pall Mall which no-one knew about. He had opened it with forged references from two monkey addresses, and all the transactions had been by cash.|