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Definition of jape noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

jape

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//dʒeɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪp//
 
(old-fashioned, British English)
 
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a trick or joke that is played on somebody Word Origin Middle English: apparently combining the form of Old French japer ‘to yelp, yap’ with the sense of Old French gaber ‘to mock’.