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.

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Origin of jape

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

OTHER WORDS FROM jape

jap·er, nounjap·er·y, nounjap·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for jape

jape
/ (dʒeɪp) /

noun

a jest or joke

verb

to joke or jest (about)

Derived forms of jape

japer, nounjapery, nounjapingly, adverb

Word Origin for jape

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