- 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 capers
Mix thoroughly and taste; depending on the saltiness of the anchovy and capers, more salt may be desired.
Using a rasp, zest the meyer lemon into the bowl and add the chopped herbs, anchovy, capers and a few grinds of black pepper.
I absolutely love the assertiveness of olives and capers, especially when paired with a meaty fish like swordfish.Fresh Picks
August 11, 2009
Take two large table-spoonfuls of capers and a little vinegar.
With boiled mutton they are an excellent substitute for capers.
Add some sweet herbs cut very fine, two onions sliced, the yolks of three or four hard eggs minced, and two spoonfuls of capers.
Her opinion of the Cape and Capers, 'specially me, was decided.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
He became as full of smiles and capers as the meanest sycophant.Bardelys the Magnificent
- the flower buds of the caper plant, which are pickled and used as a condiment
- 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 capers
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.