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Meaning of caper

ca•per

Pronunciation: (kā'pur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
—n.
  1. a playful leap or skip.
  2. a prank or trick; harebrained escapade.
  3. a frivolous, carefree episode or activity.
  4. a criminal or illegal act, as a burglary or robbery.
  5. See(def. 44a).

ca•per

Pronunciation: (kā'pur), [key]
— n.
  1. a spiny shrub, Capparis spinosa, of Mediterranean regions, having roundish leaves and solitary white flowers.
  2. its flower bud, which is pickled and used for garnish or seasoning. Cf. caper family.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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