- to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
- a playful leap or skip.
- a prank or trick; harebrained escapade.
- a frivolous, carefree episode or activity.
- Slang. a criminal or illegal act, as a burglary or robbery.
- cut a caper. cut(def 84).
Origin of caper1
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- a spiny shrub, Capparis spinosa, of Mediterranean regions, having roundish leaves and solitary white flowers.
- its flower bud, which is pickled and used for garnish or seasoning.
Origin of caper2
Examples from the Web for caper
I sought them out and mapped out what a true-to-life 21st-century caper would look like at the most powerful bank in capitalism.Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction
June 6, 2014
For instance, Antonio Reyna met English in a McAllen bar the night before the caper and somehow wound up in the van the next day.
A week after the caper, Brian Wedgworth, the lookout, went back to the border wall.
What is fact regarding the U.S. version is that it started off as a North by Northwest-style caper for Tom Cruise.Why The Tourist Bombed
January 13, 2011
They followed their first film with the James Bond-ish caper Help!11 On-Screen Portrayals of the Beatles
October 7, 2010
Adams gave a caper, and cry'd out, "It would do; for that he had sixpence himself."Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Caper sauce, by adding capers; or, as a substitute, chopped gherkin.
If roasted, it should be served with red-currant jelly; if boiled, with caper sauce.
So saying, Hilbert began to caper about the deck in the exuberance of his joy.
So saying, Rollo began to caper about with delight, and then ran off to meet his uncle.
- a playful skip or leap
- a high-spirited escapade
- cut a caper or cut capers
- to skip or jump playfully
- to act or behave playfully; frolic
- slang a crime, esp an organized robbery
- Australian informal a job or occupation
- Australian informal a person's behaviour
- (intr) to leap or dance about in a light-hearted manner
Word Origin and History for caper
1580s, apparently short for obsolete capriole "to leap, skip," probably from Italian capriolare "jump in the air" (see cab). Related: Capered; capering.
type of prickly Mediterranean bush, also in reference to the plant's edible buds, late 14c., from Latin capparis (source of Italian cappero, French câpre, German Kaper), from Greek kapparis "the caper plant or its fruit," of uncertain origin. Arabic kabbar, Persian kabar are from Greek. Perhaps reborrowed into English 16c. The final -s was mistaken for a plural inflection in English and dropped.
by 1590s, "playful leap or jump," from caper (v.); meaning "prank" is from 1840; that of "crime" is from 1926. To cut capers "dance in a frolicsome way" is from c.1600.