jackanapes

[ jak-uh-neyps ]SEE DEFINITION OF jackanapes
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That if Jackanapes and Lollo were not burdened with him they would undoubtedly escape.

"You're too tall for Lollo, I think," said Jackanapes, measuring his grandfather with his eye.

Tony was not enterprising, and Jackanapes led him by the nose.

At the first opportunity Jackanapes stole away again to the common.

Jackanapes had had the start of the Postman by nearly ten minutes.

That Jackanapes' life was infinitely valuable, and his—Tony's—was not.

What mischief could be foreseen, Jackanapes promised to guard against.

The girl with the beautiful eyebrows had married that French jackanapes after all.

You an officer, jackanapes; why we should want a cow on board to give you milk.

That Jackanapes's life was infinitely valuable, and his—Tony's—was not; 4.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "a monkey," also "an impertinent, conceited fellow;" apparently from Jack of Naples, but whether this is some specific personification or folk etymology of jack (n.) + ape is unknown. See note in OED.

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