Definition of jape in English:

jape

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Pronunciation: /dʒeɪp
 
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noun

  • A practical joke: the childish jape of depositing a stink bomb in her locker
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    • If Elizabeth was the King's trusty squire, Margaret was his jester, winning his affection - as she learned to attract social attention - by jokes, japes and mischief.
    • Situated just up the road from the national stadium, there was fun, games and jolly japes, allowing young fans and those just young at heart to enjoy their own pre-match entertainment.
    • I particularly enjoyed the jolly japes and larks of Ping the Elastic Man, Tin-Can Tommy and Whoopee Hank the slapdash sheriff.

verb

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  • Say or do something in jest or mockery.
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    • Tama Janowitz, the novelist, was among those who made speeches, and a tape was played showing the designer japing around with Debbie Harry, who was likewise present.
    • UPDATE I think I've been japed by this Amazon reviewer… My irony detector must be on the blink this morning.
    • I like the way they laugh and jape while queuing for baguettes, chips, burgers or whatever takes their fancy, and I like the way they stand and sit in small groups to take their lunch in good company.

Derivatives

japery

noun
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  • ‘Feminists on Men’ contains more ribald japery about men being stupid.
  • Mathews concocts burlesques and parodies of such rare excellence as to put one in mind of the broad literary japery of Terry Southern at his most inspired.
  • It is hard to believe that this man captained an Essex side renowned for their humour and jolly japery.

Origin

Middle English: apparently combining the form of Old French japer 'to yelp, yap' with the sense of Old French gaber 'to mock'.

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