- 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 capered
Instead he yelped again and capered with the grace of a cow.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
He danced and capered about like one gone mad until the fire had gone out.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
We danced, we capered, at the risk of our necks, among the slippery kayaks.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
And thus they capered about in the scenic room, making a chaos of it.The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound
Laura Lee Hope
They capered round him, and he threw straw and leaves at them.
- 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 capered
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.