caper

\ \ Caperjump about’ [16] and the edible caper [15] are two different words. The former is a shortening of caprioleleap’, now obsolete except as a technical term in horsemanship, which comes via early French capriole from Italian capriola, a derivative of the verb capriolareleap’, which in turn was formed from caprioloroebuck’; its ultimate source was Latin capreolus, a diminutive form of capergoat’ (whence the English astrological term Capricorn, literally ‘goat’s horn’). (The French by-form cabrioler was the source of English cab.) Caperedible bud’ came via French câpres and Latin capparis from Greek kápparis; the earliest English form was capres, but this came to be misinterpreted as a plural, and the -s was dropped from the singular in the 16th century.
\ \ Cf.CAB, CAPRICORN, CAPRIOLE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • caper — Ⅰ. caper [1] ► VERB ▪ skip or dance about in a lively or playful way. ► NOUN 1) a playful skipping movement. 2) informal an illicit or ridiculous activity or escapade. ● cut a caper Cf. ↑cut a …   English terms dictionary

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