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jape

play
verb \ˈjāp\

Definition of jape

japedjap·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to say or do something jokingly or mockingly

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make mocking fun of

jap·er play \ˈjā-pər\ noun
jap·ery play \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

Rhymes with jape


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jape

noun

Definition of jape

  1. :  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>



14th Century

First Known Use of jape

14th century



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