• WordNet 3.6
    • n jape a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter "he told a very funny joke","he knows a million gags","thanks for the laugh","he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest","even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Jape To jest; to play tricks; to jeer.
    • v. t Jape To mock; to trick. "I have not been putting a jape upon you.""The coy giggle of the young lady to whom he has imparted his latest merry jape ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jape To jest; joke.
    • jape To deride; gibe; mock; befool.
    • n jape A joke; jest; gibe.
    • n jape A trick; wile; cheat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Jape jāp to jest, joke
    • v.t Jape to mock
    • n Jape a jest, joke, trick
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from the same source as gab, influenced by F. japper, to yelp. See Gab to deceive


In literature:

Its origin is related as follows by the ingenious Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
With that came Sir Dinadan, and when he saw Sir Tristram wroth he list not to jape.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)" by Thomas Malory
There was great laughing and japing at King Mark and at Sir Dagonet.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
How know you now there is such a person IN RERUM NATURA, and that I have not been putting a jape upon you all this time?
"Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
Nothing to him, the crude jape of the professional jester.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
That, was my subtle jape.
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
And when I say this, I do jape with words, and may hap ye understond me not.
"Letters to Dead Authors" by Andrew Lang
She had always her smile to the side and her japes, and she looked to the warld.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Presently, when they heard him snoring, they began asking each other in whispers what jape they could play off on him.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
Wont thou at peasant-girls to jape He-whore!
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus

In poetry:

Yet, it must be, on wayside jape,
The selfsame Power bestows
The selfsame power as went to shape
His Planet or His Rose.
"The Necessitarian" by Rudyard Kipling
O precious codex, volume, tome,
Book, writing, compilation, work
Attend the while I pen a pome,
A jest, a jape, a quip, a quirk.
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams
With many-colour'd raiment, but far off;
And so pass'd quickly: from the court nought good;
Poor merry Dinadan, that with jape and scoff
Kept us all merry, in a little wood
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris
“Because ye are old, ye think to jape.
Take heed, ye shall not long escape.
When I come back safe, old carle, perdie,
Thine head shall brush the linden-tree.”
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris

In news:

TEACHING TEACHERS STEM SKILLS It's no jape, there are fewer female scientists than male ones.
If Cars 2 is this weekend's gleaming Hummer of a movie, then the low-budget jape of The Trip is a restored 1980s Monte Carlo.