Caper



to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
a playful leap or skip.
a prank or trick; harebrained escapade.
a frivolous, carefree episode or activity.
Slang. a criminal or illegal act, as a burglary or robbery.
cut a caper. cut (def 84).
a spiny shrub, Capparis spinosa, of Mediterranean regions, having roundish leaves and solitary white flowers.
its flower bud, which is pickled and used for garnish or seasoning.
Contemporary Examples

How Kennedy Brought Down Nixon Chris Matthews September 12, 2009
The Border’s Merry Pranksters Bryan Curtis June 29, 2011
11 On-Screen Portrayals of the Beatles Sujay Kumar October 6, 2010
The Border’s Merry Pranksters Bryan Curtis June 29, 2011
Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction Matthew Quirk June 5, 2014

Historical Examples

The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862 Various
The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
Love’s Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862 Various
Rollo on the Atlantic Jacob Abbott

noun
a playful skip or leap
a high-spirited escapade
cut a caper, cut capers

to skip or jump playfully
to act or behave playfully; frolic

(slang) a crime, esp an organized robbery
(Austral, informal) a job or occupation
(Austral, informal) a person’s behaviour
verb
(intransitive) to leap or dance about in a light-hearted manner
noun
a spiny trailing Mediterranean capparidaceous shrub, Capparis spinosa, with edible flower buds
any of various similar plants or their edible parts See also bean caper, capers
v.
n.

A drunken spree; a carouse; binge (1870s+)
A prank; stunt (1840s+)
A crime, esp a robbery (1920s+ Underworld)

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