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.

Definitions of caper
  1. noun
    a playful leap or hop
    synonyms: capriole
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    bounce, bound, leap, leaping, saltation, spring
    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  2. noun
    light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
  3. noun
    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    synonyms: 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
  4. verb
    jump about playfully
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    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  5. noun
    a crime (especially a robbery)
    synonyms: job
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    larceny by threat of violence
  6. noun
    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
  7. noun
    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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