to jest; joke; gibe.
to mock or make fun of.
a joke; jest; quip.
a trick or practical joke.
- japer, noun
- jap·er·y, noun
- jap·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use jape in a sentence
Thy japes are nought, thy tragics the mewing of cats; but thy news, fellow, thy news is too rich matter for thy sewer of a throat.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay | Maurice Hewlett
Richard, offended with Bertran, gave him a flick on the ear and sent him to the devil with his japes.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay | Maurice Hewlett
To us sober Britons, whatever our opinions, these latter japes appear more or less ribald, though they are quite innocently made.Lost Leaders | Andrew Lang
The show is substantially new throughout—new songs, new scenery, new japes, new acrobatics.
The Pardoner was so ready to tell some 'mirth or japes' that the more decent folks in the company try to repress him.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for jape
a jest or joke
to joke or jest (about)
- japer, noun
- japery, noun
- japingly, adverb
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