Definition of Japery

1. Noun. Acting like a clown or buffoon.

Exact synonyms: Buffoonery, Clowning, Frivolity, Harlequinade, Prank
Generic synonyms: Craziness, Folly, Foolery, Indulgence, Lunacy, Tomfoolery
Specialized synonyms: Schtick, Schtik, Shtick, Shtik
Derivative terms: Clown, Frivolous



Definition of Japery

1. n. Jesting; buffoonery.

Definition of Japery

1. Noun. Jesting, joking ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Japery

1. mockery [n -ERIES] - See also: mockery

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Japery

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japanizing
japanned
japanner
japanners
japanning
japannish
japans
japanware
japchae
jape
japed
japer
japeries
japers
japery (current term)
japes
japester
japesters
japeworthy
japing
japingly
japings
japonaiserie
japonaiseries
japonica
japonicas
japped
japping
japs

Literary usage of Japery

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1. On the History and Use of the Suffixes -ery (-ry), -age, and -ment in English by Fredrik Gadde (1910)
"japery 'jesting speech, ribaldry', according to NED. a formation from the verb jape 'to jest' or japer 'jester'. These words are evidently related to French ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... Luigi Pulci (1432- 1484), in his "Morgante", treated the adventures of Orlando with a fan- \ tastic mingling of seriousness and japery; ..."

3. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"pleasantry, jape (chiefly a literary archaism), drollery, witticism. Í. play (contextual), sport (as in "done in sport"); spec, japery, joking, waggery, ..."

4. Washington Close-ups: Intimate Views of Some Public Figures by Edward George Lowry (1921)
"... the puttee and the leggin and their relationship to the spur. Much might be said about that, but I refrain. A japery ran about for a ..."

5. The Story of Siena and San Gimignano by Edmund Garratt Gardner (1913)
"... he told it in line and colour, kept the whole convent in an uproar with his japery. " It would be impossible to describe," says Vasari, " the fun that, ..."

6. The philology of the English tongue by John Earle (1880)
"Both these senses date from the French period of our history. To jape is to jest coarsely; a japer is a low buffoon ; japery is buffoonery; ..."

7. In Other Words by Franklin Pierce Adams (1912)
"Where then my japery and jest? And if the paper mill shut down Or leaden type no more were minted, Where then would be my fair renown? ..."

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