- The definition of a caper is a pickled bud from a juniper bush, a playful skip or a trick.
- An example of a caper is the tiny green ball used in the sauce served with veal piccata.
- An example of a caper is a joyful hop.
- An example of a caper is a senior prank.
- Caper means to skip in a playful manner.
An example of to caper is for children to joyfully skip down the street.
A pile of capers.
A dish of tangy capers.
Origin of caperprobably ; from capriole
- a playful jump or leap
- a wild, foolish action or prank
- ☆ Slang a criminal plan or act, esp. a robbery
cut a caperor cut capers
- any of a genus (Capparis) of trees and shrubs of the caper family, esp. a prickly, trailing Mediterranean bush (C. spinosa) whose tiny, green flower buds are pickled and used to flavor sauces, etc.
- bean caper
- any of these buds
Origin of caperMiddle English capar, capres ; from Classical Latin capparis ; from Classical Greek kapparis
- A playful leap or hop.
- A frivolous escapade or prank.
- Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
intransitive verbca·pered, ca·per·ing, ca·pers
Origin of caperAlteration of capriole.
- A usually spiny Mediterranean shrub (Capparis spinosa) having white to pale lilac flowers and dehiscent fruits with reddish pulp.
- A pickled flower bud of this plant, used as a pungent condiment in sauces, relishes, and various other dishes.
Origin of caperMiddle English capar, ultimately (probably via back-formation from earlier caperis, caper bush, taken as a plural with the ending -s) from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis, of unknown origin.
(third-person singular simple present capers, present participle capering, simple past and past participle capered)
- to leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.
Shortening of capriole.
From Dutch kaper.
From Latin capparis.
- (Scotland) the capercaillie.
Shortening of capercaillie.