verb (used without object), japed, jap·ing.
verb (used with object), japed, jap·ing.
Origin of jape
Examples from the Web for jape
It was clearly meant to be a sycophantic gesture, but the jape backfired like a blocked Victorian shotgun.Royal Cover-Up as Prince of Wales Shoots Owl (In 1896)|Tom Sykes|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And when this jape is told another day I shall be halden a daffe or a Cokenay.
I'm goin' to jape a bit with our friend, a' la 'Molly' Fairburn.Stalky & Co.|Rudyard Kipling
Presently, when they heard him snoring, they began asking each other in whispers what jape they could play off on him.The Well of Saint Clare|Anatole France
Word Origin for jape
late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French gaber "to mock, deride." Phonetics suits the former, but sense the latter explanation. Took on a slang sense mid-15c. of "have sex with," and disappeared from polite usage. Revived in harmless Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.
early 14c., "trick, deceit," later "a joke, a jest" (late 14c.); see jape (v.). By mid-14c. it meant "frivolous pastime," by 1400, "bawdiness."