Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for jackanapes on Thesaurus.com an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper. an impudent, mischievous child. . Archaic an ape or monkey. Origin of jackanapes 1400–50; late Middle English Jakken-apes, literally, jack (i.e., man) of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396–1450), Duke of Suffolk, whose badge was an ape's clog and chain
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Jackanapes and Lollo were not burdened with him they would undoubtedly escape.
"You're too tall for Lollo, I think," said
Jackanapes, measuring his grandfather with his eye. Jackanapes had had the start of the Postman by nearly ten minutes.
Tony was not enterprising, and
Jackanapes led him by the nose.
At the first opportunity
Jackanapes stole away again to the common. British Dictionary definitions for jackanapes a conceited impertinent person a mischievous child archaic a monkey Word Origin for jackanapes
C16: variant of
Jakken-apes, literally: Jack of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396–1450), first Duke of Suffolk, whose badge showed an ape's ball and chain
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Word Origin and History for jackanapes n.
mid-15c., "a monkey," also "an impertinent, conceited fellow;" apparently from
Jack of Naples, but whether this is some specific personification or folk etymology of jack (n.) + ape is unknown. See note in OED.
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