- to jest; joke; gibe.
- to mock or make fun of.
- a joke; jest; quip.
- a trick or practical joke.
Origin of jape
Examples from the Web for japer
Now let the japer, and the smiler with his knife, do me what harm they may.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France
Marie de France
- a jest or joke
- to joke or jest (about)
Word Origin and History for japer
late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French gaber "to mock, deride." Phonetics suits the former, but sense the latter explanation. Took on a slang sense mid-15c. of "have sex with," and disappeared from polite usage. Revived in harmless Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.
early 14c., "trick, deceit," later "a joke, a jest" (late 14c.); see jape (v.). By mid-14c. it meant "frivolous pastime," by 1400, "bawdiness."