EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Clipping of capriole.

NounEdit

caper (plural capers)

  1. A playful leap or jump.
  2. A jump while dancing.
  3. A prank or practical joke.
  4. (usually in the plural) Playful behaviour.
  5. (figuratively) A crime, especially an elaborate heist, or a narrative about such a crime.
    • 2022, Jennifer Egan, “i, the Protagonist”, in The Candy House:
      His caper had failed to find a comic resolution. Instead, there had been a genre switch, and the madcap adventure had turned serious. Or had this bleakness underlain the caper from the start?
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VerbEdit

caper (third-person singular simple present capers, present participle capering, simple past and past participle capered)

  1. To leap or jump about in a sprightly or playful manner.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Part I, episode 1:]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      He capered before them down towards the fortyfoot hole, fluttering his winglike hands, leaping nimbly, Mercury’s hat quivering in the fresh wind that bore back to them his brief birdsweet cries.
  2. To jump as part of a dance.
  3. To engage in playful behaviour.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch kaper.

NounEdit

caper (plural capers)

  1. A vessel formerly used by the Dutch; privateer.
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Etymology 3Edit

 
A caper bush.

From Latin capparis, from Ancient Greek κάππαρις (kápparis).

NounEdit

caper (plural capers)

  1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), which is pickled and eaten.
  2. A plant of the genus Capparis.
    Synonyms: caper bush, caper tree, caperberry
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Etymology 4Edit

Shortening of capercaillie.

NounEdit

caper (plural capers)

  1. (Scotland) The capercaillie.
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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English cap +‎ -er.

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VerbEdit

caper

  1. (finance) to cap (set a limit to)
  2. (sports) to cap (award a player a cap for playing for their national team)

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IndonesianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From blend of cari (seeking) +‎ perhatian (attention), from calque of English attention-seeking.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈt͡ʃapər]
  • Hyphenation: ca‧pêr

AdjectiveEdit

capêr

  1. (colloquial, acronym) attention-seeking.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

 
caper

From Proto-Italic *kapros, from Proto-Indo-European *kápros (buck, he-goat).

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NounEdit

caper m (genitive caprī); second declension

  1. a male goat, billy goat
    Synonym: hircus

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun (nominative singular in -er).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative caper caprī
Genitive caprī caprōrum
Dative caprō caprīs
Accusative caprum caprōs
Ablative caprō caprīs
Vocative caper caprī

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DescendantsEdit

  • Italian: capro
  • French: chevron
  • Romanian: capră
  • Spanish: cabro, cabrón

ReferencesEdit

  • caper”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • caper”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • caper in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • caper”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • caper”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin capere.

VerbEdit

caper

  1. to seize

ConjugationEdit

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

caper m

  1. indefinite plural of cape

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian cappero.

NounEdit

caper m (plural caperi)

  1. caper (plant)

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