meaning of caper

caper meaning in General Dictionary

A vessel previously used by the Dutch privateer

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  • The pungent grayish green flower bud associated with European and Oriental caper Capparis spinosa much useful for pickles
  • A frolicsome jump or springtime a skip a jump like in mirth or dancing a prank
  • To jump or leap about in a sprightly manner to cut capers to skip to spring to prance to dance
  • jump about playfully
  • some of numerous flowers of genus Capparis
  • pickled rose buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
  • a crime (especially a robbery)
  • a playful jump or hop
  • homosexual or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or enjoyment
  • a ludicrous or grotesque work done for enjoyable and amusement
  • To jump or jump about in a sprightly way; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dancing.
  • A frolicsome jump or spring; a skip; a jump, as with mirth or dancing; a prank.
  • A vessel previously used by the Dutch, privateer.
  • The pungent grayish green rose bud for the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much utilized for pickles.
  • A plant associated with the genus Capparis; -- called additionally caper bush, caper tree.

caper meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, evidently brief for obsolete capriole "to leap, skip," most likely from Italian capriolare "leap floating around" (see cab). Relevant: Capered; capering.

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  • form of prickly Mediterranean bush, also in mention of the plant's delicious buds, belated 14c., from Latin capparis (source of Italian cappero, French c
  • by 1590s, "playful step or leap," from caper (v.); meaning "prank" is from 1840; that "criminal activity" is from 1926. To cut capers "dance in a frolicsome way" is from c.1600.

Sentence Examples with the word caper

Too bad you forgot to bring the photo or we'd have this caper locked up.

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