jape

[ jeyp ]
/ dʒeɪp /

verb (used without object), japed, jap·ing.

to jest; joke; gibe.

verb (used with object), japed, jap·ing.

to mock or make fun of.

noun

a joke; jest; quip.
a trick or practical joke.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. japanesque,
  2. japanglish,
  3. japanism,
  4. japanize,
  5. japanning,
  6. japheth,
  7. japhetic,
  8. japlish,
  9. japn.,
  10. japonaiserie

Origin of jape

1300–50; Middle English japen, perhaps < Old French jap(p)er to bark, of imitative orig.

Related formsjap·er, nounjap·er·y, nounjap·ing·ly, adverb

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jape


British Dictionary definitions for jape

jape

/ (dʒeɪp) /

noun

a jest or joke

verb

to joke or jest (about)
Derived Formsjaper, nounjapery, nounjapingly, adverb

Word Origin for jape

C14: perhaps from Old French japper to bark, yap, of imitative origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jape
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper