Jackanapes



[jak-uh-neyps] /ˈdʒæk əˌneɪps/

noun
1.
an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper.
2.
an impudent, mischievous child.
3.
Archaic. an ape or monkey.
/ˈdʒækəˌneɪps/
noun
1.
a conceited impertinent person
2.
a mischievous child
3.
(archaic) a monkey
n.

mid-15c., “a monkey,” also “an impertinent, conceited fellow;” apparently from Jack of Naples, but whether this is some specific personification or folk etymology of jack (n.) + ape is unknown. See note in OED.

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