Rate this phrase:0.0 / 0 votes

Monkey Business

Trickery, shady acts, mischievous behavior, suspicious actions


  • The expression can be used to represent two sets of meanings. First is to in literal meanings to acts in a comical manner just like a monkey. Second meaning of the expression is to represent some trickery or suspicious actions. The difference can be explained by the situation that in one meaning a student can be sent to the principal’s office while the second meaning can be explained by a politician being jailed due to monkey business. This idiom was introduced in the 20th century in American language. It belongs to countless number of expressions in the category of comparing human behavior to that of animal.

He has suffered a lot just because of monkey business.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Monkey Business':

monkey businessAn activity that is considered silly, or stupid, or time-wasting.
monkey businessAn activity that may be considered illegal, questionable, or a vice, but not felonious.
monkey businessDo your homework and forget about all this monkey business.
monkey businessWasting time, or effort, on some foolish project.
See them all »


Find a translation for the Monkey Business phrase in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Nearby phrases

Some more phrases from our dictionary similar to Monkey Business

How to pronounce this phrase?

Discuss this Monkey Business phrase with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this Monkey Business definition to your bibliography:


    "Monkey Business." Phrases.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 14 Apr. 2024. <https://www.phrases.com/phrase/monkey-business_44864>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest human-edited phrases collection on the web!


    Are you a phrases master?

    ______ up a fuss.
    A making
    B kicking
    C talking
    D breaking

    Browse Phrases.com