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verb \ˈjāp\

Definition of JAPE

intransitive verb
:  to say or do something jokingly or mockingly
transitive verb
:  to make mocking fun of
jap·er \ˈjā-pər\ noun
jap·ery \ˈjā-p(ə-)rē\ noun

Examples of JAPE

  1. <the characters in Oscar Wilde's plays jape with a readiness and sophistication that is rarely, if ever, encountered in real life>

Origin of JAPE

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of JAPE

:  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

Examples of JAPE

  1. <by the standards of today's no-holds-barred satire, Will Rogers' homespun japes about politicians seem awfully gentle>

First Known Use of JAPE

14th century


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