American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A conceited or impudent person.
- n. A mischievous child.
- n. Archaic A monkey or an ape.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monkey; an ape.
- n. Hence A coxcomb; a ridiculous, impertinent fellow.
- n. In mining, the small guide-pulleys of a whim.
- n. obsolete A monkey.
- n. dated, pejorative An impudent or mischievous person.
- n. Plural form of jackanape.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A monkey; an ape.
- n. A coxcomb; an impertinent or conceited fellow.
- n. someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English Jack Napis, nickname of William de la Pole, Fourth Earl and First Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it.”
“I should have spat in his eye and told him I didn't run errands for civil servants, but it's not every day you're toadied by a lofty pro-consul, patronising jackanapes though he may be.”
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