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1. A conceited or impudent person.
2. A mischievous child.
3. Archaic A monkey or an ape.

[From Middle English Jack Napis, nickname of William de la Pole, Fourth Earl and First Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450), probably ultimately from alteration of ape, monkey, ape (because his coat of arms depicted a chain and clog of the kind used to tether a pet monkey).]
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1. a conceited impertinent person
2. a mischievous child
3. (Animals) archaic a monkey
[C16: variant of Jakken-apes, literally: Jack of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396–1450), first Duke of Suffolk, whose badge showed an ape's ball and chain]
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(ˈdʒæk əˌneɪps)

1. an impertinent fellow.
2. a mischievous child.
3. Archaic. an ape or monkey.
[1400–50; late Middle English Jakken-apes, literally, jack (i.e., man) of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396–1450), Duke of Suffolk]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jackanapes - someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
nobody, nonentity, cypher, cipher - a person of no influence
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[ˈdʒækəneɪps] Nmequetrefe m
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n pl <-> (old) (= man)Fant m (old), → (eingebildeter) Laffe (old); (= child)Racker m (old)
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He then proceeded to inform her plainly that Jones was in bed with a wench, and made use of an expression too indelicate to be here inserted; which so enraged Mrs Honour, that she called him jackanapes, and returned in a violent hurry to her mistress, whom she acquainted with the success of her errand, and with the account she had received; which, if possible, she exaggerated, being as angry with Jones as if he had pronounced all the words that came from the mouth of Partridge.
The next moment he was lost in a fringe of birches; then he came out again on the upper side, where I could see him climbing like a jackanapes, for that part was again very steep; and then he dipped behind a shoulder, and I saw him no more.
It was beyond a doubt some unspeakable tenor, a good-looking jackanapes, who mouthed and simpered as he sang!
"But do you realize that I would be looked upon as the most foolish jackanapes in the South Seas if I took a young girl like you in with me here on Berande?" he asked.
Bumble; not sitting upon, or dropping himself into a seat, as any common jackanapes would: but letting himself gradually and slowly down into a chair; 'Mrs.
Toller; were just now standing apart and having a friendly colloquy, in which they agreed that Lydgate was a jackanapes, just made to serve Bulstrode's purpose.
'Yes; and indeed and indeed again, Mister Jackanapes,' said the excited lady; 'and I wouldn't keep such as you in the house another hour, if I had my way.'
Poor jackanapes! Here is the body of a woman who was nearly as old as myself, and perhaps wiser, and here am I moralizing over it as if I were God Almighty and she a baby!
"Only three or four days ago the impertinent jackanapes gave me his bill, and I was forced to turn both him and his bill out of the door; so that I am here something in the fashion of a conqueror, holding my position, as it were, my conquest.
CROCOSMIA JACKANAPES For a fanfare of bright colours in the border at this time of year, you can rely on Crocosmia to provide the fireworks.
It turned out some jackanapes of a whippersnapper at The New York Sun had been removing all my "you crazy Yanks" and replacing it with "we." The same thing happened to my compatriot Michael Ignatieff, who returned to Canada from a lucrative gig at Harvard intending to become Prime Minister only to find that his opponents dredged up every New York Times column of his in which he'd used the word "we" as shorthand for "we Americans." Mr.
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