Definitions for jackanapesˈdʒæk əˌneɪps

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whippersnapper, jackanapes, lightweight(noun)

    someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous


  1. jackanapes(Noun)

    A monkey.

  2. jackanapes(Noun)

    An impudent or mischievous person.

  3. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jackanapes(noun)

    a monkey; an ape

  2. Jackanapes(noun)

    a coxcomb; an impertinent or conceited fellow


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