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Feb 20, 2020
This week’s theme
Onomatopoeic words

This week’s words
faff
scroop
fanfaronade
jape

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jape

PRONUNCIATION:
(jayp)

MEANING:
noun: A joke or prank.
verb intr.: To joke or play a trick.
verb tr.: To mock or trick.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French japer (to yap; Modern French japper), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1362.

USAGE:
“To [Boris] Johnson, we are all just suckers -- easily manipulated by his fabricated boyish japes and his deliberately tousled blond hair.”
John McDonnell; If You Want a More Equal Society, You Have to Choose Labour; The Guardian (London, UK); Dec 11, 2019.

See more usage examples of jape in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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