A goofy little joke or prank, a crime, or a ridiculous adventure is called a caper. For example, your quest for an American newspaper turned into a caper that took you all over the Irish countryside.

Caper originates from the Italian word capriolare, meaning “jump in the air,” and indeed, one meaning is "frolicking play or light-hearted dancing." Little kids like to caper at family parties — it gets them tons of attention. Other kinds of capers might get you jail time because a caper can also be an outlandish crime spree, or a wild activity. Finally, capers are the very flavorful pickled flower bud found in Mediterranean cooking.

Primary Meanings of caper

a playful leap or hop
jump about playfully
a crime (especially a robbery)
pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
Full Definitions of caper

n a playful leap or hop

Type of:
bounce, bound, leap, leaping, saltation, spring
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

n gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

frolic, gambol, play, romp
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coquetry, dalliance, flirt, flirtation, flirting, toying
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery
foolish or senseless behavior
frivolous or trifling behavior
rowdy or boisterous play
playful vexation
word play
playing on words or speech sounds
meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss
(Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank
acting like a clown or buffoon
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diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

n a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

antic, joke, prank, put-on, trick
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dirty trick
an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke
a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
April fool
a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
snipe hunt
an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it
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diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

v jump about playfully

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bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds

n a crime (especially a robbery)

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larceny by threat of violence

n pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces

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vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

n any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis

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Capparis arborea, native pomegranate
small Australian tree bearing edible fruit resembling the pomegranate
Capparis cynophallophora, Jamaica caper tree, caper tree
shrub of southern Florida to West Indies
Capparis flexuosa, bay-leaved caper, caper tree
shrub or small tree of southern Florida to Central and South America
Capparis mitchellii, native orange
small Australian tree bearing edible dark purple fruit
Capparis spinosa, common caper
prostrate spiny shrub of the Mediterranean region cultivated for its greenish flower buds which are pickled
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bush, shrub
a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

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