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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAPING

Then was there laughing and japing at Sir Dinadan, that they wist not what to do with him.

They often sat together thus, spending the long-drawn evenings over the gin-bottle, japing at society.

And now in all the japing the henchmen had designed Both day and night together they mocked sore the Heirs again.

He could not move without either seeing those two together, or the reflection of them in George Forsyte's japing eyes.

WORD ORIGIN

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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