Definitions of caper

  1. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  2. jump about playfully
  3. 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"
  4. a crime ( especially a robbery); " the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
  5. pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
  6. any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
  7. a playful leap or hop
  8. To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.
  9. A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank.
  10. A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer.
  11. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ( Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles.
  12. A plant of the genus Capparis; - called also caper bush, caper tree.
  13. A playful leap or spring; a skip; a prank; a plant, the flower- buds of which are pickled and used as a seasoning.
  14. To skip; jump.
  15. The bud of a plant, Capparis spinosa, used as a pickle or condiment.
  16. The flower- bud of the caper- bush, used for pickling.
  17. To leap or skip like a goat: to dance in a frolicsome manner.
  18. A leap; antic; bud of the caperbush.
  19. To leap playfully; frisk.
  20. Leaping or frisking; prank.
  21. The flower buds of a Mediterranean shrub, used as a condiment.
  22. A Dutch privateer.
  23. A frelicsome leap, spring, or jump.
  24. To skip or jump; to frisk about.
  25. To leap, skip, or jump; to prance; to spring.
  26. A leap; a skip, as in dancing; a leap in sport, as a goat or lamb.

Usage examples for caper

  1. When cooked, drain, take off the cloth, garnish with parsley and sliced lemon, and serve with Caper Sauce. – The Myrtle Reed Cook Book by Myrtle Reed
  2. As he was thus thinking he let the bridle fall, and the horse began to caper about, so that he was continually disturbed in his meditations, and could not collect his thoughts at all. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  3. While Sonora, in the seventh heaven of delight, began to caper about the room. – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  4. There was a burst of laughter from three of my room- mates, as Miss St. Clair danced out from the closet with the cap on her own brows; and then with a caper of agility, taking it off, flung it up to the chandelier, where it hung on one of the burners. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  5. We halted for a time under a wide- branching platanus at the end of a bridge, between the masonry of which grew bunches of the caper plant, then in blossom of white and lilac, and at the piers of which grew straggling blackberry brambles and wild fig- trees in picturesque irregularity, while the water bubbled and gurgled over a pebbly bed or fragments of rock. – Byeways in Palestine by James Finn
  6. Boiled Leg of Mutton and Caper Sauce. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  7. Colonel Cartwright, upon his capture at Sea by the Dutch " Caper," threw all his despatches and papers overboard. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson
  8. Meanwhile, Madame Marve stirred up Nickie in his cage, and made him grin and howl and caper for the edification of the crowd, whose souls his street escapades had filled with awe. – The Missing Link by Edward Dyson
  9. Remove the towel, dish the leg of mutton, spread a caper- sauce over it, and serve hot. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  10. Holy Moses, look at the caper the Methodist cuts! – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  11. " Pantalon," corrected the monkey's master; and snapping his fingers, and whistling to the monkey, he called him to his shoulder, and made him go through a number of tricks and gestures,- some of them so droll, that Cherry's terror ended in peals of laughter; and she soon left Teddy's side to run and caper about the room in imitation of the monkey's antics. – Outpost by J.G. Austin
  12. That's the proper caper with " mulligans," and they are very good, too, unless some one of the makings chances to be out of your line. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  13. But as long as I've known you- and that's several weeks- I've never seen you do anything but caper about the meadow and dance." – The Tale of Freddie Firefly by Arthur Scott Bailey
  14. As the poet himself expressed it in his dedication to Varnhagen von Ense: Aye, my friend, such strains arise From the dream- time that is dead Though some modern trills may oft Caper through the ancient theme. – Atta Troll by Heinrich Heine