• WordNet 3.6
    • v caper jump about playfully
    • n caper a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    • n caper gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement "it was all done in play","their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
    • n caper a playful leap or hop
    • n caper a crime (especially a robbery) "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
    • n caper pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
    • n caper any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caper A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank.
    • Caper (Bot) A plant of the genus Capparis; -- called also caper bush caper tree.
    • n Caper A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer.
    • Caper The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles.
    • v. i Caper To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance. "He capers , he dances, he has eyes of youth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • caper To leap; skip or jump; prance; spring: as, to caper about (as a lamb or a child); “making a roan horse caper,” Tennyson, Lancelot and Elaine.
    • n caper A leap; a skip or spring, as in dancing or mirth, or in the frolic of a kid or lamb, or a child; hence, a sportive or capricious action; a prank.
    • n caper A plant, Capparis spinosa, the buds of which (called capers) are much used as a condiment. The bush is a low shrub, growing on old walls, in fissures of rocks, or among rubbish, in the countries bordering the Mediterranean. The buds are collected and preserved in vinegar. In some parts of Italy the unripe fruit is employed in the same way. Also called caper-bush or caper-plant, and formerly caper-tree.
    • n caper Nautical, a light-armed vessel of the seventeenth century, used by the Dutch for privateering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caper kā′pėr the pickled flower-bud of the caper-shrub, much grown in Sicily. It has an agreeable pungency of taste, with a slight bitterness, and is much used in sauces, along with boiled mutton, &c
    • v.i Caper kā′pėr to leap or skip like a goat: to dance in a frolicsome manner
    • n Caper a leap: a prank
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  • William Shakespeare
    “We that are true lovers run into strange capers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From older capreoll, to caper, cf. F. se cabrer, to prance; all ultimately fr. L. caper, capra, goat. See Capriole


In literature:

A hymn-book in my hand instead of a rattle (used by the natives), I capered gaily through their midst.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
Sooner or later the country may want the food that is being wasted in all these capers.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Cut an anchovy small, and chop some capers.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
A' the time we lay there it lowped and flang and capered and span like a teetotum, and whiles we could hear it skelloch as it span.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But we will make do with some olives and radishes, a few pickles, nuts, capers.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
But I like the caper flowers better.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
Some say also the goat among small cattle, and some the caper shrub among trees.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
Here the brute suddenly stopped and whined, and commenced to wildly caper.
"Lancashire Idylls (1898)" by Marshall Mather
Then throwing aside his crutches, he began to cut capers, as if nothing ailed him, to the still greater amazement of the negro.
"The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
They caper about the room, looking at everything, listening at the doors, looking up the chimney.
"The Christmas Dinner" by Shepherd Knapp

In poetry:

His shadow looms behind me here,
Or capers at my side;
And when I mouth my lines in dread,
Those scornful lips deride.
"In the Wings" by Bliss William Carman
When your pain must come to paper,
See it dust, before the day;
Let your night-light curl and caper,
Let it lick the words away.
"For A Lady Who Must Write Verse" by Dorothy Parker
Hence the tune came capering to me
While I traced the Rhone and Po;
Nor could Milan's Marvel woo me
From the spot englamoured so.
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
Had he stayed here for ever,
Their world would be wise as ours--
And the king be cutting capers,
And the priest be picking flowers.
"The Song Of The Children" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Oh, Lizzie, when I read your card,
Which you had printed in the paper,
Wherein you said your case was hard,
My fancy cut a glorious caper.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
They splashed and cut all sorts of capers
Not taking much notice of tide
Till the King, who were getting a thirst on
Commenced out of water to stride
"King John" by Stanley Holloway

In news:

The caper of Cristiano's missing cleats.
BlueCross burglary could be Chattanooga's costliest caper .
Yellow Cauliflower with Sultanas, Mint, and Caper Berries.
The Statfor caper serves notice about a troublesome new strain of unpredictable censorship arising on the Internet, Stratfor CEO George Friedman says.
Corn Crespelle with Mascarpone and Capers.
Call it the great chocolate caper.
Club Owner Convicted In 'Hit Man' Caper.
WestJet upset by cockpit capers.
The Lindbergh baby kidnapping in 1932 was the first caper designated by the FBI as a major case, and a bizarre bank heist would join the list on Aug 28, 2003, when a pipe bomb locked onto the neck of a pizza delivery driver exploded.
Laura Mae Smith will call to Country Capers dynamic acoustic music.
It happened in the same building where the five million dollar Lufthansa 'job' took place in 1978, a caper that was a centerpiece in the.
The San Marcos Lions Club hosted their fifth annual Canine Capers Talent Show at Woodland Park on April 21, and a pair of newcomers took away the coveted Most Look-Alike trophy this year.
Dom Capers can go to sleep now.
Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz dish on their new comedy crime caper, "Gambit".
But the two say fans shouldn't get the wrong idea — "Gambit" is a caper film, not a love story.