- 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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Examples from the Web for capering
Dogs are capering about, a collie, a setter, a Boston terrier.The Conquest of Fear
My music has been logically composed, and with the ideas of my head; and, of course, there is very little room left for capering.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
Capering creatures, who behaved witlessly, yet were far from witless.
The officer looked at the capering Mr. Quin with a quiet eye.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
So the capering began, and the company stood back to make room.Red Men and White
- 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 capering
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.
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.