Definition of caper:
- A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank.
- A plant of the genus Capparis; - called also caper bush, caper tree.
- A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer.
- The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper ( Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles.
- To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.
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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", Elizabeth Wetherell.
- "The Adventures of Roderick Random", Tobias Smollett.
In spite of them some fifty or more of the biggest fish, dreading the cauldron or frying- pan, making a bold dash for liberty, fairly leaped over the net, most of them, as they rose three or four feet out of the water, clearing the heads of the negroes, while several sprang right into their faces, capsizing one stout fellow, and making two or three others howl and caper in a way which set the midshipmen roaring with laughter.- "The Three Lieutenants", W.H.G. Kingston.