[ jeyp ]
/ dʒeɪp /
verb (used without object), japed, jap·ing.
verb (used with object), japed, jap·ing.
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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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.
Richard, offended with Bertran, gave him a flick on the ear and sent him to the devil with his japes.
To us sober Britons, whatever our opinions, these latter japes appear more or less ribald, though they are quite innocently made.
The show is substantially new throughout—new songs, new scenery, new japes, new acrobatics.
British Dictionary definitions for jape
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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