[ jak-uh-neyps ]
/ ˈdʒæk əˌneɪps /


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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British Dictionary definitions for jackanapes

/ (ˈdʒækəˌneɪps) /


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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