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jape

[jeyp] /dʒeɪp/
verb (used without object), japed, japing.
1.
to jest; joke; gibe.
verb (used with object), japed, japing.
2.
to mock or make fun of.
noun
3.
a joke; jest; quip.
4.
a trick or practical joke.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English japen, perhaps < Old French jap(p)er to bark, of imitative orig.
Related forms
japer, noun
japery, noun
japingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for japed

jape

/dʒeɪp/
noun
1.
a jest or joke
verb
2.
to joke or jest (about)
Derived Forms
japer, noun
japery, noun
japingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Old French japper to bark, yap, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for japed

jape

v.

late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French gaber "to mock, deride." Phonetics suits the former, but sense the latter explanation. Took on a slang sense mid-15c. of "have sex with," and disappeared from polite usage. Revived in harmless Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.

n.

early 14c., "trick, deceit," later "a joke, a jest" (late 14c.); see jape (v.). By mid-14c. it meant "frivolous pastime," by 1400, "bawdiness."

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