Definitions

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  • n. One who capers, leaps, and skips about, or dances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who capers, leaps, and skips about, or dances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who capers, leaps, and skips about, or dances frolicsomely.
  • n. The caddis-fly: so named from its dancing flight.

Etymologies

caper +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Verman, the tattooed wild boy, speaking only in his native foreign languages, Verman the gay, Verman the caperer, capered no more; he chuckled no more, he beckoned no more, nor tapped his chest, nor wreathed his idolatrous face in smiles.

    Penrod

  • You have heard of that Dance of Death, which was one of the nervous diseases of the fifteenth century -- a malady which, after beginning with one lively caperer, would infect a whole townspeople, and send an entire population curvetting and prancing, until death stopped them.

    London Pride Or When the World Was Younger

  • It kills well when fish are gorged with their morning meal of green drakes; and after the green drake is off, it is almost the only fly at which large trout care to look; a fact not to be wondered at when one considers that nearly two hundred species of English Phryganidae have been already described, and that at least half of them are of the fawn-tint of the caperer.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

  • Put on a dropper of some kind, say a caperer, as a second chance.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

  • Tom was washed out of the inside of it, and swam away, as a caddis does when its case of stones and silk is bored through, and away it goes on its back, paddling to the shore, there to split its skin, and fly away as a caperer, on four fawn-coloured wings, with long legs and horns.

    The Water-Babies A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

  • But, besides that I knew for certain he had no money, I knew that this would involve a species of forethought not to be made compatible with the frivolity of a caperer, inoculating other people with capering, for his bread.

    The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete

  • How the devil should I, who am no dancer, execute what is too difficult for so perfect a caperer as thou art – Sir Knight? '

    The Old Manor House

  • Series five allows Andre Royo to give us a new Bubs, almost unrecognisable from the loveable, madcap caperer and shambling, drug-ravaged fiend we got to know over the previous seasons.

    Media news, UK and world media comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk

  • Baetis, it will be most thankfully received, if there be ripple enough on the water (which there seldom is on a fine evening) to hide the line: and even though the water be still, take boldly your caperer or your white moth (either of them ten times as large as what the trout are rising at), hurl it boldly into a likely place, and let it lie quiet and sink, not attempting to draw or work it; and if you do not catch anything by that means, comfort yourself with the thought that there are others who can.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

  • Winchester fishers have confessed to me that they lose three good fish out of every four in such cases; and as it seems pretty clear that chalk fish approve of no medium between very large flies and very small ones, I advise the young angler, whose temper is not yet schooled into perfect resignation, to spare his own feelings by fishing with a single large fly -- say the governor in the forenoon, the caperer in the evening, regardless of the clearness of the water.

    Prose Idylls, New and Old

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