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[ 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.
noun
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 jape

japer, 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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