Jackanapes definitions

jăk'ə-nāps'
A conceited or impudent person.
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A mischievous child.
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A monkey or an ape.
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A monkey.
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A conceited, insolent, presumptuous fellow.
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A pert, mischievous child.
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(dated, pejorative) An impudent or mischievous person.
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Plural form of jackanape.
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Origin of jackanapes

1450, from “Jack of Naples”, with “of Naples” rendered “a Napes” in vernacular. Originally rendered as Jac Napes, Jac Nape, and Jack Napis in 1450s. Presumably from *Jak a Napes, and original *Jak of Naples, presumably circa 1400. Monkeys were one of many exotic goods from Naples exhibited in Britain, hence acquired the nickname Jack a Napes.