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caper

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[ key-per ]
/ ˈkeɪ pər /
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verb (used without object)
to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
noun
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.

OTHER WORDS FOR caper

3 stunt, antic, shenanigans.
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Idioms about caper

    cut a caper. cut (def. 84).

Origin of caper

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First recorded in 1585–95; probably shortening and alteration of capriole

OTHER WORDS FROM caper

ca·per·er, nounca·per·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·per·ing, adjective

Other definitions for caper (2 of 2)

caper2
[ key-per ]
/ ˈkeɪ pər /

noun
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.
Compare caper family.

Origin of caper

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1350–1400; back formation from capers (taken for plural), Middle English caperes<Latin capparis<Greek kápparis
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British Dictionary definitions for caper (1 of 2)

caper1
/ (ˈkeɪpə) /

noun
verb
(intr) to leap or dance about in a light-hearted manner

Derived forms of caper

caperer, nouncaperingly, adverb

Word Origin for caper

C16: probably from capriole

British Dictionary definitions for caper (2 of 2)

caper2
/ (ˈkeɪpə) /

noun
a spiny trailing Mediterranean capparidaceous shrub, Capparis spinosa, with edible flower buds
any of various similar plants or their edible partsSee also bean caper, capers

Word Origin for caper

C15: from earlier capers, capres (assumed to be plural), from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis
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