Like Harlequin, bounding from the sides and capering before the footlights, this new species makes a sudden apparition.
They've got Bruno with them—the bear, you remember—and he's dancing and capering.
The very children were capering and refusing the more hallowed dances.
Thank you, dear mother, said the boy, capering for joy and holding out his hand.
Very soon Gilbert recognized the Taverney carriage, with Philip holding in his capering horse by the side.
But could he—or couldn't he—have been expected to think of that capering silly-like?
He mounted her and headed across country, Miss Muffet pig-jumping and capering to show what excellent spirits she enjoyed.
He could still hear them; in their exuberance they seemed to be capering like schoolchildren.
Up ran one of the dogs, capering around with sharp, ear-splitting barks, and tried to get his teeth into Bob's ankle.
He saw them, capering horribly behind a screening of verdure.
1580s, apparently short for obsolete capriole "to leap, skip," probably from Italian capriolare "jump in the air" (see cab). Related: Capered; capering.
type of prickly Mediterranean bush, also in reference to the plant's edible buds, late 14c., from Latin capparis (source of Italian cappero, French câpre, German Kaper), from Greek kapparis "the caper plant or its fruit," of uncertain origin. Arabic kabbar, Persian kabar are from Greek. Perhaps reborrowed into English 16c. The final -s was mistaken for a plural inflection in English and dropped.
by 1590s, "playful leap or jump," from caper (v.); meaning "prank" is from 1840; that of "crime" is from 1926. To cut capers "dance in a frolicsome way" is from c.1600.