Welcome to the Punpedia entry on monkey puns! 🐒 This entry is specifically for monkeys and so you won’t find any ape related wordplay (chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, etc.). Also note that this entry is a work-in-progress, so please share monkey puns that we don’t have in the comments! Thanks 🙂
Monkey Puns List
- Monkey: There are a few phrases/idioms that include the word “monkey” and so might be used as monkey puns: “Monkeying around” and “Monkey business” and “Monkey see, monkey do” and “Monkey’s uncle” and “A monkey on one’s back” and “More fun than a barrel of monkeys” and “Grease monkey” and “Make a monkey of (someone)” and “Brass monkey” and “Don’t give a monkey’s“
- Banana: Phrases involving the word “banana” can be used as monkey puns: “I am bananas for you.” and “He’s going bananas!” and “Banana republic” and “She’s the top banana around here.” and “No worries, that’s a one-banana problem.”
- Given → Gibbon: As in “You will be gibbon no quarter” and “We can take that as a gibbon” and “At any gibbon hour” and “I was gibbon the sack today”
- Tambourine → Tamarin: The tambourine is a musical instument, and a “tamarin” is a type of monkey. This may suit some esoteric music/monkey pun situation.
- Howler: Howler monkeys are a type of monkey well known for their very loud howls. Someone who excessively complains or cries, or does so loudly might be termed a “howler” to make a monkey pun.
- Reese’s pieces → Rhesus pieces: The rhesus macaque is one of the most well-known “old-world” monkeys.
- Cappuccino → Capuchino: The capuchin monkey is a well known species that has been used in many films and television series. A “cappuccino” is a common type of coffee of Italian origin. Interestingly, the name of this monkey and the coffee seem to have similar origins that stem from their similar colour.
- Surely → Surili: The surilis are a group of small, slim monkeys that exist in some parts of south-east Asia. Some sentence examples: “Slowly, but surili” and “Surili not?”
- Mamma said → Marmoset: A marmoset is one of 22 species of small monkey that are native to South America.
- Roll away → Roloway: A roloway monkey is an endangered monkey that’s native to tropical West Africa.
- Going on → Guenon: As in “What’s guenon?” – The guenons are a genus of forest monkeys that are native to sub-Saharan Africa.
- Dry as → Dryas: As in “I’m dryas a bone” – The dryas monkey is a little-known species of guenon that is only found in the Congo Basin.
- Manga be* → Mangabey: As in “I read mangabey-cause it’s fun.” – The term mangabey refers to a group of 3 somewhat related genera of monkeys.
- Duck → Douc: A “douc” is a type of monkey (from one of 3 different species) in Southeast Asia that is well known for its bright colours. Example sentences: “A sitting douc” and “Douc, douc, goose” and “Like water off a douc’s back”
- Give it → Grivet: As in “Grivet here! That’s mine!” – A grivet (aka African green monkey) is a monkey that’s native to Ethipia, Sudan, Djbouti and Eritrea, and has long white tufts of hair alongside its face.
- Man drill → Mandrill
- Monk key → Monkey
- My car can → Macaque-an: As in “Macaque-an go faster than yours”
- Tail: Use these tail-related phrases: “Happy as a dog with two tails,” and “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,” and “Bright eyed and busy tailed,” and “Can’t make head or tail of it,” and “Chase your own tail,” and “Two shakes of a lamb’s tail.” Note: two shakes of a lamb’s tail is a phrase used to indicated that something is very fast.
- Tale → Tail: As in, “Dead men tell no tails,” and “Fairytail ending,” and “Live to tell the tail,” and “Never tell tails out of school,” and “An old wives’ tail,” and “Tattle tail,” and “Tell tail sign.”
- Talent → Tailent: As in, “___’s got Tailent,” and “A tailented painter,” and “Where would you say your tailents lie?”
- Toilet → Tailet: As in, “Down the tailet,” and “In the tailet.”
- Style → Stail: As in, hairstail, freestail, lifestail, and stailus (stylus)
- Tile → Tail: As in, fertail (fertile), percerntail (percentile), projectail (projectile), reptail (reptile), and versatail (versatile).
- *fur*: Use these fur-related/containing phrases in your wordplay: “Couldn’t be further from the truth,” and “Moving furniture,” and “A furtive manner,” and “And furthermore..” and “A roaring furnace,” and “Blind fury,” and “Fast and Furious,” and “Furnishing the truth.”
- Far → Fur: As in, “A step too fur,” and “As fur as it goes,” and “As fur as the eye can see,” and “A fur cry,” and “Few and fur between,” and “Over the hills and fur away,” and “So fur, so good,” and “As fur as I know.” Other suitable “far” containing words: furm (farm), furwell (farewell), furt (fart), further (farther), insofur (insofar), nefurious (nefarious), welfur and furce (farce).
- *fer* → *fur*: As in, “A offur you can’t refuse,” and “I beg to diffur,” and “Make a diffurence,” and “Marching to the beat of a diffurent drum,” and “Offur condolences.” Other “fer” containing words that you could use: furn (fern), fural (feral), furvent (fervent), furvor (fervor), furret (ferret), furment (ferment), furocious, furtile, furrule (ferrule), defur (defer), confur, infur, refur, offur, transfur, buffur, prefur, proffur, refurence, confurence and transfurence.
- *fir* → *fur*: “At furst,” and “At furst blush,” and “A furm handshake.” Other suitable words: affurm, confurm, affurmation and affurmative.
- *for* → *fur*: As in, “A furce to be reckoned with,” and “Good furm (form),” and “Move furwards,” and “Why have you fursaken me?” and “The furcast for tomorrow,” and “So on and so furth,” and “Furbidden fruit.” Other words that would work: perfurmance, infurmation, therefur, fursight (foresight) and fursee.
- Fear* → Fur*: As in: furful, furless, fursome and furmonger.
- *feur* → *fur*: As in: chauffur and coiffur. Note: a coiffeur is a hairdresser.
- Four* → Fur*: As in: fur (four), furth (fourth), furteen, furty (forty) and fursome (foursome).
- *phor* → *fur*: As in, “A useless metafur,” and “Giddy eufuria (euphoria).” Other words that could be used: camfur (camphor), phosfur, dysfuria (dysphoria) and semafur (semaphore). Note: semaphore is a system of signs.
- *pher* → *fur*: As in, “You’re indecifurable,” and “I’m not your gofur (gopher),” and “The wedding photografur,” and “The barefoot philosofur.” Other words that could work: furomone (pheromone), cifur (cipher), philosofur (philosopher), cinematografur, perifural (peripheral), cartografur, atmosfur (atmosphere), sfur (sphere), parafurnalia (paraphernalia), perifury (periphery), hemisfur (hemisphere).
- Sephiroth → Sepfuroth: Note: Sephiroth is a much-loved character from the Final Fantasy game franchise.
- *phar* → *fur*: Change the “phar” in certain words to “fur” to make reindeer-related puns: furmacy (pharmacy), furaoh (pharaoh), furmacist (pharmacist), furmacology (pharmacology).
- *phe* → *fur*: As in, “Natural furnomenon (phenomenon),” and “A furnomenal mistake.” Other words that would work: furseant (pheasant), eufurmism (euphemism), blasfurmy (blasphemy).
- *phere* → *fur*: As in, atmosfur (atmosphere), hemisfur (hemisphere), biosfur (biosphere), stratosfur (stratosphere), and troposfur (troposphere). Note: the troposphere is the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Here’s a list of monkey-related concepts to help you come up with your own monkey puns:
primate, tail, arboreal, climb, tree, swing, banana, bananas, simian, baboon, capuchin, marmoset, spider monkey, tamarin, howler, macaque, mandrill, rhesus, vervet, gibbon, proboscis, patas, tantalus, malbrouk, dryas, roloway, guenon, mangabey, langur, lutung, surili, douc, squirrel monkey, night monkey, titi, saki, uakari, howler, muriqui, woolly monkey, grivet, douroucouli, talapoin, platyrrhine, hanuman, guenon, entellus
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