jackanapes

jackanapes

[jak-uh-neyps]
noun
1.
an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper.
2.
an impudent, mischievous child.
3.
Archaic. an ape or monkey.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English Jakken-apes, literally, jack (i.e., man) of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396–1450), Duke of Suffolk, whose badge was an ape's clog and chain

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jackanapes (ˈdʒækəˌneɪps)
 
n
1.  a conceited impertinent person
2.  a mischievous child
3.  archaic a monkey
 
[C16: variant of Jakken-apes, literally: Jack of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396--1450), first Duke of Suffolk, whose badge showed an ape's ball and chain]

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jackanapes
c.1449, "a monkey," also "an impertinent, conceited fellow;" apparently from Jack of Naples, but whether this is some specific personification or folk etymology of jack (n.) + ape is unknown.
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