Origin of jape
OTHER WORDS FROM japejaper, nounjap·er·y, nounjap·ing·ly, adverb
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.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