He repeated the man's words to Mason who despite his own fatigue, leaped and capered wildly.
But he capered about and danced for glee And laughed and joked at their misery.
Bayaya capered happily about and assured them by signs that he was certain they, too, would be saved.
Instead he yelped again and capered with the grace of a cow.
They capered around our men in a most ludicrous manner, and at every fresh arrival yelled out, "Dar comes de clebber yankees."
He danced and capered about like one gone mad until the fire had gone out.
At first they danced and capered around them, full of merriment and mischief.
We danced, we capered, at the risk of our necks, among the slippery kayaks.
Here he pulled poor Poll's tail-feathers hard, and capered like an elf.
And thus they capered about in the scenic room, making a chaos of it.
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.