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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

JAPE, v.i. To jest.
JAPE, v.t. To cheat.
JAPE, n. A jest; a trick.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point" [syn: joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape]

Merriam Webster's

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 noun japery 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a practical joke. --v.intr. play a joke. Derivatives: japery n. Etymology: ME: orig. uncert.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Jape Jape, v. i. [Prob. from the same source as gab,influenced by F. japper to yelp. See Gab to deceive.] To jest; to play tricks; to jeer. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Jape Jape, v. t. To mock; to trick. --Chaucer. I have not been putting a jape upon you. --Sir W. Scott. The coy giggle of the young lady to whom he has imparted his latest merry jape. --W. Besant.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(japes) A jape is a silly trick that you play on someone which is quite funny and which does not really involve upsetting them. (OLD-FASHIONED) = prank N-COUNT

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