jackanape

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from jackanapes.

Adjective[edit]

jackanape (comparative more jackanape, superlative most jackanape)

  1. Of or pertaining to a jackanapes.

Noun[edit]

jackanape (plural jackanapes)

  1. A jackanapes.
Usage notes[edit]

Originally and most commonly, jackanapes is written with a terminal -s, despite being used for the singular. Analyzing the -s as a plural suffix and removing it yields jackanape, which may be proscribed as incorrect, but sees some use.

References[edit]

  • “Attraction in English”, Charles P. G. Scott, Transactions of the American Philological Association, volume 25, 1893, p. 113