Origin of jackanapes
Examples from the Web for jackanapes
He felt as if he were a jackanapes he had seen once at the Stratford fair, which wore a crimson jerkin and a cap.Master Skylark|John Bennett
Jackanapes moved his left hand to his right one, which still held the Major's.
The girl with the beautiful eyebrows had married that French jackanapes after all.The Lady Doc|Caroline Lockhart
The horses advanced, when, by the blessing of the saints, the jackanapes woke in my breast.A Monk of Fife|Andrew Lang
The Postman knew the window out of which Jackanapes's yellow head would come, and was ready with his report.
British Dictionary definitions for jackanapes
Word Origin for jackanapes
Word Origin and History for jackanapes
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.