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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But although many pirates see it all as a jolly jape, people in the software business are getting worried.
▪ But even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point; and Blast had none.
▪ No explanation for the fall was ever given, though Sir Thomas believed he may have been involved in some stupid jape.
▪ The brand might be no mark of honour at all - but a culminating cruel humiliating jape.
▪ The not unfamiliar childish jape of depositing a stink bomb in her locker caused her great anguish.
▪ What a jape it would be, declared Raphaelo, to gain access to the heat sink.
▪ What larks and japes persuaded this audience to collapse in convulsions is a mystery as dark as the Druids' Runes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jape \Jape\, v. t. To mock; to trick.

I have not been putting a jape upon you.
--Sir W. Scott.

The coy giggle of the young lady to whom he has imparted his latest merry jape.
--W. Besant.


Jape \Jape\, v. i. [Prob. from the same source as gab, influenced by F. japper to yelp. See Gab to deceive.] To jest; to play tricks; to jeer. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "to trick, beguile, jilt," perhaps from Old French japer "to howl, bawl, scream," of echoic origin, or from Old French gaber "to mock, deride." Phonetics suits the former, but sense the latter explanation. Took on a slang sense mid-15c. of "have sex with," and disappeared from polite usage. Revived in harmless Middle English sense of "say or do something in jest" by Scott, etc. Related: Japed; japing.


early 14c., "trick, deceit," later "a joke, a jest" (late 14c.); see jape (v.). By mid-14c. it meant "frivolous pastime," by 1400, "bawdiness."


n. A joke or quip. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To jest; play tricks; joke. 2 (context transitive English) To mock; deride; gibe; trick; befool.


n. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at hisown jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point" [syn: joke, gag, laugh, jest]

Jape (software)

Jape is a configurable, graphical proof assistant, originally developed at the University of Oxford. It allows user to define a logic, decide how to view proofs, and much more. It works with variants of the sequent calculus and natural deduction.

It is claimed that Jape is the most popular program for "computer-assisted logic teaching" that involves exercises in developing proofs in mathematical logic.

The program is available for the Mac, Unix, and Windows operating systems. It is written in the Java programming language and released under the GNU GPL.


Jape is a synonym of joke.

Jape or JAPE may also refer to one of the following:

  • Jape (software), a graphical proof assistant
  • Jape (band), an Irish electronic/rock band
  • Japes, a 2001 stage play by Simon Gray
  • JAPE (linguistics), a transformation language widely used in natural language processing
  • JAPE, an automated pun generator; see Computational humor#Pun generation
Jape (band)

Jape is an Irish electronic– rock band from Dublin. Formed as a side project by Richie Egan whilst part of The Redneck Manifesto, they have released five albums to date; Cosmosphere (2003), The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me (2004), Ritual (2008), Ocean of Frequency (2011), and This Chemical Sea(2015). Jape's wider discography includes the EP, Jape is Grape (2007), as well as a number of singles, including " Floating" and " Phil Lynott". The band have performed at festivals and events such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Lovebox and Hard Working Class Heroes and provided support for The Flaming Lips at Belsonic in Belfast in August 2008.

The first and second albums received airplay on alternative national radio in Ireland. The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me's opening track, " Floating", became a popular single on late night alternative music radio shows and attracted the attention of Brendan Benson during a visit to Dublin. Benson now covers the track whilst performing live with his band The Raconteurs, as do the Belgian bastard pop duo Soulwax during their DJ sets.

Jape's third album, Ritual, was released in June 2008, later winning the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008. The album features the singles "I Was a Man", "Strike Me Down" and " Phil Lynott", the latter of which was subject to an unsuccessful petition by fans to have it named Ireland's Christmas number one single in December 2008.

The album Ocean of Frequency was released in 2011 and won Jape their second Choice Music Prize in March 2012.

JAPE (linguistics)

In computational linguistics, JAPE is the Java Annotation Patterns Engine, a component of the open-source General Architecture for Text Engineering (GATE) platform. JAPE is a finite state transducer that operates over annotations based on regular expressions. Thus it is useful for pattern-matching, semantic extraction, and many other operations over syntactic trees such as those produced by natural language parsers.

JAPE is a version of CPSL – Common Pattern Specification Language.

A JAPE grammar consists of a set of phases, each of which consists of a set of pattern/action rules. The phases run sequentially and constitute a cascade of finite state transducers over annotations. The left-hand-side (LHS) of the rules consist of an annotation pattern description. The right-hand-side (RHS) consists of annotation manipulation statements. Annotations matched on the LHS of a rule may be referred to on the RHS by means of labels that are attached to pattern elements.

Usage examples of "jape".

I have here in my gourd A draught of wine, yea, of a ripe grape, And right anon ye shall see a good jape.

Did you also think it would be a jolly jape to scare Lucy Shadd within an inch of her life?

Wat sayeth, lord, and his japes, ye must not misdeem of us that we shepherds of the Downs can do nought but run to ales and feasts, and that we are but pot-valiant: maybe thou thyself mayst live to see things go otherwise: and in that day may we have such as thee for captain.

Such japes as he heard in Anglic were gentle rather than stinging, laughter was more a deep clucking than a shrill peal.

There were no japes, no jibes at one another, no philosophical discussions.

He dragged Ben Jonson grumbling from his long sleep and made him sing:          Ale and Anacreon,          Beer and Boethius,          Sack and Sophocles, these          Please my heart          More than the farting littleness,          Borborygmic brittleness,          Jokes and japes          Of the apes and jackanapes          One sees          Courting the great          At court, on estate --          Fleas!

And when this jape is told another day, I shall be held a daffe* or a cockenay *coward I will arise, and auntre* it, by my fay: *attempt Unhardy is unsely, as men say.

JAPES (Jason's Automatic Photo Enhancing System) was a specialized plug-in program module I'd designed, which combined many of the standard photographic enhancement techniques into a single complex operation controlled partly by me and partly by a learning expert system.

Not because he had japed the statue, but because he had japed it without understanding why.

You japed the statue to prevent your own murder at the hands of the Cohorts.

Guests japed in loud tones about “getting cleaned” and seemed to enjoy the diversion.

And the jeering and japing wavered at the sight of these formidable foe.

He might have been japing except that his whole body twisted and jerked in a most alarming way, and his face had a pecu­liar set smile.

There was easy jangling and japing as the knights lounged on the seared grass.

Below us, we could hear the Scots singing and japing as they decorated the hall for the occasion.