EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAPE
And when I say this, I do jape with words, and may hap ye understond me not.
I'm goin' to jape a bit with our friend, a' la 'Molly' Fairburn.
It made a new game for him, you see, amusing and rather flattering as well, the kind of a jape he was all too apt at.
Mr. Mackie, passing with his orange partner, had repeated his jape about the Ruthless Boaz.
Then for a moment we fell to jape and jesting; foolishly, for the Gods are always listening, and the Desert-Gods have long ears.
Presently, when they heard him snoring, they began asking each other in whispers what jape they could play off on him.
I am very sure he is your enemy,” Brilliana answered, sharply, “for he makes you his daily jape.
And when this jape is told another day I shall be halden a daffe or a Cokenay.
late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French 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 Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.
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