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ca·per 1

 (kā′pər)
n.
1. A playful leap or hop.
2. A frivolous escapade or prank.
3. Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
intr.v. ca·pered, ca·per·ing, ca·pers
To leap or frisk about; frolic.

[Alteration of capriole.]

ca·per 2

 (kā′pər)
n.
1. A usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa) having white to pale lilac flowers and dehiscent fruits with reddish pulp.
2. A pickled flower bud of this plant, used as a pungent condiment in sauces, relishes, and various other dishes.

[Middle English capar, ultimately (probably via back-formation from earlier caperis, caper bush, taken as a plural with the ending -s) from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis, of unknown origin.]

caper

(ˈkeɪpə)
n
1. a playful skip or leap
2. a high-spirited escapade
3. cut a caper cut capers
a. to skip or jump playfully
b. to act or behave playfully; frolic
4. slang a crime, esp an organized robbery
5. informal Austral a job or occupation
6. informal Austral a person's behaviour
vb
(intr) to leap or dance about in a light-hearted manner
[C16: probably from capriole]
ˈcaperer n
ˈcaperingly adv

caper

(ˈkeɪpə)
n
1. (Plants) a spiny trailing Mediterranean capparidaceous shrub, Capparis spinosa, with edible flower buds
2. (Plants) any of various similar plants or their edible parts. See also bean caper
[C15: from earlier capers, capres (assumed to be plural), from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis]

ca•per1

(ˈkeɪ pər)

v.i.
1. to skip about in a sprightly manner; prance.
n.
2. a playful skip.
3. a prank or trick.
4. Slang.an illegal act, as a robbery.
[1585–95; figurative use of Latin caper he-goat, c. Old English hæfer, Old Norse hafr, Old Irish caera sheep]

ca•per2

(ˈkeɪ pər)

n.
1. a spiny shrub, Capparis spinosa, of Mediterranean regions, having solitary white flowers.
2. its flower bud, pickled and used for garnish or seasoning.
[1350–1400; back formation from capers (taken as pl.), Middle English caperes < Latin capparis < Greek kápparis]

Caper

 of kids—Lipton, 1970.

caper


Past participle: capered
Gerund: capering

Imperative
caper
caper
Present
I caper
you caper
he/she/it capers
we caper
you caper
they caper
Preterite
I capered
you capered
he/she/it capered
we capered
you capered
they capered
Present Continuous
I am capering
you are capering
he/she/it is capering
we are capering
you are capering
they are capering
Present Perfect
I have capered
you have capered
he/she/it has capered
we have capered
you have capered
they have capered
Past Continuous
I was capering
you were capering
he/she/it was capering
we were capering
you were capering
they were capering
Past Perfect
I had capered
you had capered
he/she/it had capered
we had capered
you had capered
they had capered
Future
I will caper
you will caper
he/she/it will caper
we will caper
you will caper
they will caper
Future Perfect
I will have capered
you will have capered
he/she/it will have capered
we will have capered
you will have capered
they will have capered
Future Continuous
I will be capering
you will be capering
he/she/it will be capering
we will be capering
you will be capering
they will be capering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been capering
you have been capering
he/she/it has been capering
we have been capering
you have been capering
they have been capering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been capering
you will have been capering
he/she/it will have been capering
we will have been capering
you will have been capering
they will have been capering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been capering
you had been capering
he/she/it had been capering
we had been capering
you had been capering
they had been capering
Conditional
I would caper
you would caper
he/she/it would caper
we would caper
you would caper
they would caper
Past Conditional
I would have capered
you would have capered
he/she/it would have capered
we would have capered
you would have capered
they would have capered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caper - any of numerous plants of the genus Cappariscaper - any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
Capparis, genus Capparis - tropical or subtropical evergreen shrubs or small trees
Capparis arborea, native pomegranate - small Australian tree bearing edible fruit resembling the pomegranate
Capparis cynophallophora, Jamaica caper tree, caper tree - shrub of southern Florida to West Indies
bay-leaved caper, caper tree, Capparis flexuosa - shrub or small tree of southern Florida to Central and South America
Capparis mitchellii, native orange - small Australian tree bearing edible dark purple fruit
Capparis spinosa, common caper - prostrate spiny shrub of the Mediterranean region cultivated for its greenish flower buds which are pickled
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.caper - pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
pickle - vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
Capparis spinosa, common caper - prostrate spiny shrub of the Mediterranean region cultivated for its greenish flower buds which are pickled
3.caper - a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
robbery - larceny by threat of violence
4.caper - a playful leap or hop
leap, leaping, bounce, bound, saltation, spring - a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
5.caper - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusementcaper - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
coquetry, flirtation, flirting, toying, dalliance, flirt - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
game - frivolous or trifling behavior; "for actors, memorizing lines is no game"; "for him, life is all fun and games"
horseplay - rowdy or boisterous play
teasing - playful vexation; "the parody was just a form of teasing"
word play - playing on words or speech sounds
6.caper - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusementcaper - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
dirty trick - an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
Verb1.caper - jump about playfully
bound, jump, leap, spring - move forward by leaps and bounds; "The horse bounded across the meadow"; "The child leapt across the puddle"; "Can you jump over the fence?"

caper

verb
1. dance, trip, spring, jump, bound, leap, bounce, hop, skip, romp, frolic, cavort, frisk, gambol The children were capering about, shouting and laughing.
noun
1. escapade, sport, stunt, mischief, lark (informal), prank, jest, practical joke, high jinks, antic, jape, shenanigan (informal) Jack would have nothing to do with such childish capers.

caper

noun
A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
verb
To leap and skip about playfully:
Translations
طَيْش، شَطَط، مَرَحقَفْزَهيَقْفِزُ ، يَنُطُّ
kousekposkakovatposkok
fjollerihoppe rundtkrumspringnarrestreg
szökkenésugrabugrál
gáskafull glettahopphoppa og skoppa
išdaigastrikčiojimasstrikčioti
draiskošanāslēcienslēkāt
výčin
muzipliksıçramasıçramakyaramazlıkzıplama

caper

1 [ˈkeɪpəʳ] N (Culin) → alcaparra f

caper

2 [ˈkeɪpəʳ]
A. N
1. [of horse] → cabriola f
to cut capershacer cabriolas
2. (= escapade) → travesura f (= business) → lío m, embrollo m
that was quite a capereso sí que fue un número
I don't bother with taxes and all that caperno me molesto con impuestos y cosas así
how did your Spanish caper go?¿qué tal el viajecito por España?
B. VI
1. [horse] → hacer cabriolas; [other animal] → brincar, corcovear; [child] → juguetear, brincar
to caper aboutbrincar, juguetear
2. (= go) → ir, correr
he went capering off to Parisse marchó a París como si tal cosa

caper

[ˈkeɪpər] n (= berry) capers → câpre fcaper sauce nsauce f aux câpres

caper

1
n
(= skip)Luft- or Freudensprung m
(= prank)Eskapade f, → Kapriole f
(inf: = crime) → Ding nt (sl)

caper

2
n (Bot, Cook) → Kaper f; (= shrub)Kapernstrauch m

caper

1 [ˈkeɪpəʳ] n (Culin) → cappero

caper

2 [ˈkeɪpəʳ]
1. n (escapade) → scherzetto, birichinata; (leap) → saltello
2. vi (child) → saltellare

caper

(ˈkeipə) verb
to leap or jump about. The child was capering about.
noun
1. a frisky jump.
2. a piece of playful behaviour.
References in classic literature ?
Pearl, looking at this bright wonder of a house began to caper and dance, and imperatively required that the whole breadth of sunshine should be stripped off its front, and given her to play with.
I had been cutting up some caper or other --I think it was trying to crawl up the chimney, as i had seen a little sweep do a few days previous; and my stepmother who, somehow or other, was all the time whipping me, or sending me to bed supperless, --my mother dragged me by the legs out of the chimney and packed me off to bed, though it was only two o'clock in the afternoon of the 21st June, the longest day in the year in our hemisphere.
For herself, she did nothing but caper about in the front chambers, jump on and off the bedsteads, and lie on the mattresses and piled-up bolsters and pillows before the enormous fires roaring in the chimneys.
I thought he intended to cut a caper round the bed; but suddenly composing himself, he fell on his knees, and raised his hands, and returned thanks that the lawful master and the ancient stock were restored to their rights.
Let her caper and kick in the paddock to her heart's content.
Jip would bark and caper round us, and go on before, and look back on the landing, breathing short, to see that we were coming.
The Jester looked at each of the four corners of the paper with such a grin of affected intelligence as a monkey is apt to assume upon similar occasions, then cut a caper, and gave the letter to Locksley.
Flimnap, the treasurer, is allowed to cut a caper on the straight rope, at least an inch higher than any other lord in the whole empire.
When it was full I left it propped in the fork of a tree, and a few days later, carrying the hateful old man that way, I snatched at my gourd as I passed it and had the satisfaction of a draught of excellent wine so good and refreshing that I even forgot my detestable burden, and began to sing and caper.
Then he cut a caper, and became so bold that he even tapped at the window; but the bundle never moved.
Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight; sometimes he would ill-treat it, especially after he had been at the whiskey, kicking it, beating it, pelting it with stones or lighted fusees.
He may have fallen from his horse, he may have cut a caper from the deck; he may have traveled so fast against the wind as to have brought on a violent catarrh.