etymology 1 Abbreviation of ha’p’orth, itself an abbreviation of halfpennyworth. pronunciation
- A halfpennyworth.
- 2003: Jeanne Lawrence, A Glint of Black Stocking: The Royal Infirmary, iUniverse, p.162, “Oh Harry, it doesn't matter an 'apeth we're here to see Joni?' “Hello luv,” Dad walked in. “Hello Dad.” “Had a good week then?”
- (Northern England, informal) An affectionate term for a silly or foolish person.
- 2003: Chris Brown, Of Ghosts and Faeries - A Firefighter's Tale, WritersPrintShop 2004, p.61 Oi, that water's not free, y'know. It has to be pumped up here yer daft ’apeth. It's not a bloody river.
etymology 2 From ape. pronunciation
- (archaic) Third-person singular simple present of to ape.
- 1849: Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments, Wiley, p.50, Fashion, the parasite of Rank, apeth faults and failings, Until the general Taste depraved hath warped its sense of beauty.
- 1885: Richard Francis Burton (translator), Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Kessinger Publishing (2003), p.155, I know that whoso apeth a stronger than he, wearieth himself and haply cometh to ruin.
- 2000: Richard J Carr, Wyndedanse: A Royal Chronicle of 17th Century Siam, Xlibris Corporation, p.187, "The way you talk now, Richard, apeth the voice of the interloper."