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caper

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noun ca·per \ˈkā-pər\

Definition of caper

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Capparis of the family Capparidaceae, the caper family) of low prickly shrubs of the Mediterranean region; especially :  one (C. spinosa) cultivated for its buds

  2. 2 :  one of the immature greenish flower buds of the caper pickled and used as a seasoning or garnish



Origin of caper

back-formation from earlier capers (taken as a plural), from Middle English caperis, from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis


First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with caper


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caper

verb ca·per

Simple Definition of caper

  • : to jump around in a lively way

Full Definition of caper

ca·peredca·per·ing play \-p(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to leap or prance about in a playful manner

Examples of caper

  1. a young goat capering in its pen

  2. <as summer drew to a close, the children spent their days wistfully capering on the beach>



Origin of caper

probably by shortening & alteration from capriole


First Known Use: 1588


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caper

noun ca·per

Definition of caper

  1. 1 :  a frolicsome leap

  2. 2 :  a capricious escapade :  prank

  3. 3 :  an illegal or questionable act; especially :  theft



1592

First Known Use of caper

1592




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