jackanapes definition

  • noun:
    • A conceited or impudent person.
    • A mischievous youngster.
    • Archaic A monkey or an ape.
    • A monkey.
    • An impudent or mischievous individual.
    • Plural as a type of jackanape.
    • A monkey; an ape.
    • A coxcomb; an impertinent or conceited other.
    • A monkey; an ape.
    • thus A coxcomb; a ridiculous, impertinent fellow.
    • In mining, the small guide-pulleys of a whim.
    • a person who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous

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