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Caper in Latin means "a male goat". Anyone who has watched a young goat frolic in a field or clamber onto the roof of a car knows the kind of crazy fun the English word caper —which is also a verb—is referring to. A capriole is a backward kick done in midair by a trained horse. Capricorn, meaning "horned goat", is a constellation and one of the signs of the zodiac. And a capricious act is one that's done with as little thought as a frisky goat might give it.
Examples of caper in a Sentence
a young goat capering in its pen
as summer drew to a close, the children spent their days wistfully capering on the beach
cut capers, kick up one's heels;
Definition of caper
- He was so happy he cut a caper on the steps.
- With luck, Bobby Joe could have become a rich man. But lacking an excess of smarts to begin with, he had pulled off this caper largely due to the efforts of some brainier military personnel who set the thing up for him in Saigon.
- —John Nichols
- This offbeat, Runyonesque caper shows uncanny insight into the psychology of the con man and his all-too-willing victims. Sybil Steinberg
CAPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caper for English Language Learners
: to jump around in a lively way
CAPER Defined for Kids
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