[ kap ]
/ kæp /


verb (used with object), capped, cap·ping.

verb (used without object), capped, cap·ping.

Fox Hunting. to hunt with a hunting club of which one is not a member, on payment of a capping fee.

Nearby words

  1. canzonet,
  2. canzonetta,
  3. cao yu,
  4. caodaism,
  5. caoutchouc,
  6. cap and bells,
  7. cap and gown,
  8. cap cloud,
  9. cap de la madeleine,
  10. cap gun


    cap in hand, humbly; in supplication: He went to his father cap in hand and begged his forgiveness.
    set one's cap for, to pursue as being a potential mate.

Origin of cap

before 1000; Middle English cappe, Old English cæppe < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cap; cf. cape1

Related formscap·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for set one's cap for


/ (kæp) /


verb caps, capping or capped (tr)

Derived Formscapper, noun

Word Origin for cap

Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa hood, perhaps from Latin caput head


abbreviation for

Common Agricultural Policy: (in the EU) the system for supporting farm incomes by maintaining agricultural prices at agreed levels
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Word Origin and History for set one's cap for
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Medicine definitions for set one's cap for


[ kăp ]


A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip and that resembles a close-fitting head covering.



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Idioms and Phrases with set one's cap for

set one's cap for

Pursue someone romantically, as in We all thought Anne had set her cap for Joe, but we were wrong. In the 1700s this term, which may have alluded to donning one's best headgear, was applied to members of either sex, but by the early 1800s it generally described a woman chasing a man. It is probably obsolescent.


In addition to the idioms beginning with cap

  • cap and gown
  • cap in hand
  • cap it all

also see:

  • feather in one's cap
  • hat (cap) in hand
  • if the shoe (cap) fits, wear it
  • put on one's thinking cap
  • set one's cap for

Also see underhat.

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