[ 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.
a joke; jest; quip.
a trick or practical joke.
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Origin of jape
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English japen, perhaps from Old French jap(p)er “to bark,” of imitative origin
OTHER WORDS FROM japejaper, nounjap·er·y, nounjap·ing·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for jape
Now let the japer, and the smiler with his knife, do me what harm they may.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
British Dictionary definitions for jape
/ (dʒeɪp) /
a jest or joke
to joke or jest (about)
Derived forms of japejaper, nounjapery, nounjapingly, adverb
Word Origin for jape
C14: perhaps from Old French japper to bark, yap, of imitative origin
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