to monkey around

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - monkey around

"to monkey around"

to spend time idly;

to do random unplanned work or activities


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - monkey around

"to monkey around"

to (mis)​behave in a ​humorous way in ​order to make other ​people ​laugh


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - monkey around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you going to do after practice?

Friend 2: I'm going to stay a while and just monkey around a little?

Friend 1: Are you going to do drills or practice set plays?

Friend 2:  No. I just want to relax and toss the ball around.


Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - monkey around

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:   Some days I think that I will go crazy.

Teacher 2:  Tough class?

Teacher 1:   It is just one student who keeps monkeying around in class.

Teacher 2:  The student plays and jokes and makes the whole class laugh and then it's hard to get everyone settled down again?

Teacher 1:  Ya, that's it.


to monkey around - Usage:


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to monkey around - Gerund Form:

Monkeying around the house all day can be very relaxing.

Monkeying around in class can get you into trouble.

to monkey around - Examples:

1)  ... my hubby turned left and started to walk up the hill passing children monkeying around playing (very entertaining) ...

2)  With all the 'monkeying around' that can go on in the playground or even in the office it ...

3)  ... it is not a Constitutional power and so this kind of monkeying around gets exactly what you've got here; somebody from long distance that thinks ...

4)  ... their little son is seen to be monkeying around as the anxious parents, appear, to wait below ...

5)  ... enjoy or treasure from the walk, even if it is just a bit of monkeying around as we usually seem to do! Glad to hear about your spontaneous moment ...

6)  ... and quietly observe two very playful, mischievous moon bear cubs monkeying around.

7)  So stop monkeying around, and learn typing now!

8)  But with more room for manual monkeying around, the easier it becomes to play with the data.

9)  and the one for which it brooks no monkeying around by the wireless carriers who usually sell them.

10)  ... maybe because he was always monkeying around, dancing, or running to us with captured cicadas in his little hands.

11)  People say we monkey around. Music is like that.

12)  Kids can monkey around in the jungle gym, slither down the spiraling snake slide, or become ...

13)  It was fun to watch people go crazy inside these booths as they monkey around for Kinect.

14)  She did everything she was told. She didn't monkey around and soon she caught up and overtook the rest.

15)  ... you took your kids to the park and wished that you were still able to monkey around on the playground equipment without pulling out your back?

16)  She monkeys around with everyone else because she wants their attention and has something to say about ...

17)  There is no monkeying around with the scale except to translate in terms of inflation, and he even ...

18)  It was good enough for Lindsey to pull his bill to prevent legislative hands from monkeying around further.

19)  The saying "monkeying around" could come to mean positive work. The art produced wouldn't have ...

20)  She loves to monkey around the park having fun and doing nothing.