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jackanapes

[jak-uh-neyps] /ˈdʒæk əˌneɪps/
noun
1.
an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper.
2.
an impudent, mischievous child.
3.
Archaic. an ape or monkey.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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/
noun
1.
a conceited impertinent person
2.
a mischievous child
3.
(archaic) a monkey
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for jackanapes
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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