She had always her smile to the side and her japes, and she looked to the warld.
The burgomaster, seeing that this day was the day for the fair of japes, would listen to them no longer.
Richard, offended with Bertran, gave him a flick on the ear and sent him to the devil with his japes.
The Pardoner was so ready to tell some 'mirth or japes' that the more decent folks in the company try to repress him.
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."