- 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.
caper definition by Webster's New World
Origin: probably ; from capriole
- a playful jump or leap
- a wild, foolish action or prank
- ☆ Slang a criminal plan or act, esp. a robbery
- 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: Middle English capar, capres ; from Classical Latin capparis ; from Classical Greek kapparis
caper definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A playful leap or hop.
- A frivolous escapade or prank.
- Slang An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
Origin: Alteration 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: Middle English caperis, capar, from Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis.
caper - Phrases/Idioms
cut a caperor cut capers