- to jest; joke; gibe.
- to mock or make fun of.
- a joke; jest; quip.
- a trick or practical joke.
Origin of jape
Examples from the Web for japes
Historical Examples of japes
She had always her smile to the side and her japes, and she looked to the warld.Foes
The burgomaster, seeing that this day was the day for the fair of japes, would listen to them no longer.The Legend of Ulenspiegel
Charles de Coster
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
The Pardoner was so ready to tell some 'mirth or japes' that the more decent folks in the company try to repress him.
- a jest or joke
- to joke or jest (about)
Word Origin for jape
Word Origin and History for japes
late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French gaber "to mock, deride." Phonetics suits the former, but sense the latter explanation. Took on a slang sense mid-15c. of "have sex with," and disappeared from polite usage. Revived in harmless Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.
early 14c., "trick, deceit," later "a joke, a jest" (late 14c.); see jape (v.). By mid-14c. it meant "frivolous pastime," by 1400, "bawdiness."