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v. japed, jap·ing, japes
To joke or quip.
To make sport of.
A joke or quip.

[Middle English japen, probably from Old French japer, to yap, chatter, nag, of imitative origin.]

jap′er n.
jap′er·y n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.japery - acting like a clown or buffoonjapery - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"
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The fact that I was born on the one day of the year when japery takes over British society - for 12 hours at least - is a cause of some pride.
If it appears harped on it is not out of self-promotion of my theory, japery, or poison pen, but the unparalleled harmful role that contradiction in construct conceptualization issue plays in legitimizing betrayals and anti-own race behaving by ADPs as appropriate or at least in the realm of normality from a psychological perspective.
Self-deprecating Susie McCabe, meanwhile, kept the giggles coming with some great japery about her same-sex marriage.
Leaving Zayn and Liam drinking pop in the Green Room, the remaining members join Harry's BFF James Corden (who when I Googled him was considered 'too fat to host a sports quiz and setting a terrible example' by someone who left their sense of humour on the bus) for panel show japery.
But even though at least 400 people were hurt by flying space debris, the reaction on Twitter quickly turned to irreverent japery.
SAW MACAO (Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mate) The time-defying precincts of the former Portuguese colony prove to be both an architectural and a semiotic jungle for the film's unseen narrator in this tranny-noir essay-film, which combines the seedy exoticism and conspiratorial japery of Orson Welles with the displaced poetics of Chris Marker.
Balotelli has gained cult status among football fans for his japery since joining City from Inter Milan.
Matt Smith - for all his japery - can't carry the show.
For his gig, Nick is promising "One man, one guitar, big sound, dodgy shoes, large night, hearty laughs, jolly japery and more good memories for the head bank.
If prizes were given out for unbridled melodic japery then the band would easily clean up.