[ jeyp ]
/ dʒeɪp /
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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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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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