japery

jape

[jeyp]
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:
1300–50; Middle English japen, perhaps < Old French jap(p)er to bark, of imitative orig.

japer, noun
japery, noun
japingly, adverb
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jape (dʒeɪp)
 
n
1.  a jest or joke
 
vb
2.  to joke or jest (about)
 
[C14: perhaps from Old French japper to bark, yap, of imitative origin]
 
'japer
 
n
 
'japery
 
n
 
'japingly
 
adv

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jape
c.1300, "to trick, beguile," perhaps from O.Fr. japer "to howl," of echoic origin, or from O.Fr. 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 M.E. sense
of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc.
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