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Friday, April 01, 2005

Definitions for jape

  1. A joke or jest.
  2. A trick or prank.
  3. To joke; to jest.

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Citations for jape
One elderly Englishman, complete with tweed suit and cane, japed to a passport control officer: "We're not all hooligans you know." Mike Underwood, Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
He tried to defuse each petty crisis with a merry jape and spend each day with a life-affirming and reasonably up tempo alt. country song in his heart. Chris Priestley, New Statesman
Origin of jape
1300-1350
Jape comes from Middle English, probably from Old French japer, "to yap, to chatter."