I. verb (japed; japing) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb to say or do something jokingly or mockingly transitive verb to make mocking fun of • japer nounjapery noun II. noun Date: 14th century something designed to arouse amusement or laughter: as a. an amusing literary or dramatic production <
a jape that would be okay as a sophomore class play — John Simon
b. gibe

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jape — [dʒeıp] n BrE old fashioned [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: jape to joke, make fun of someone (14 20 centuries), from Old French japer to cry out like a dog ] a trick or joke …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • jape — [ dʒeıp ] noun count MAINLY BRITISH OLD FASHIONED a trick that you play on someone to make them feel silly or look stupid …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • jape — ► NOUN ▪ a practical joke. ► VERB ▪ say or do something in jest or mockery. ORIGIN apparently combining the form of Old French japer to yelp, yap with the sense of Old French gaber to mock …   English terms dictionary

  • jape — [jāp] vi. japed, japing [ME japen < OFr japer, to howl, of echoic orig.] 1. to joke; jest 2. to play tricks vt. Now Rare 1. to make fun of; mock 2. to play tricks on; fool n …   English World dictionary

  • jape — {{11}}jape (n.) early 14c., trick, deceit, later a joke, a jest (late 14c.); see JAPE (Cf. jape) (v.). By mid 14c. it meant frivolous pastime, by 1400, bawdiness. {{12}}jape (v.) late 14c., to trick, beguile, jilt, perhaps from O.Fr. japer to… …   Etymology dictionary

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