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Jape, Jaip, n.1 [ME. iape (c 1340), of obscure derivation : cf. the verb.]

1. A trick, an artifice to deceive or cheat, a deception. Sair I dreid me for some vther jaip That Venus suld throw her subtillitie In till sum bysning beist transfigurat me; Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 612.
Benytas of ane mussill maid ane aip, With money vther subtill mow and jaip; Ib. iii. 440.
Turnand quhelis thai set in, by and by, Vndir the feit of this ilke bysning jaip [sc. the wooden horse]; Id. Æn. ii. iv. 63.
Quhat wenys fulys this saxt buke be bot japis, Al ful of leys or ald ydolatryis; Ib. vii. Prol. 9.

2. A mocking jest; a joke. [They] thocht at Sciens was our lang ane jaip, The sci away fast can thay rub and scraip; Doug. Conscience 13.
Ȝour sary joys beyn bot janglyng and japys; Id. Æn. iv. Prol. 20.
I wald the reidar tuike not sik consait … Least that he leuch thairat and maid ane jape; Clar. iv. 253.

3. a. A trinket. b. A plaything, toy, pet. Twa tuthpikis of gold with a chenȝe, … a moist ball of gold, ane hert of gold, with vthir small japis; 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 81.
Quhen thai had reddit thair ragis, To Rome thay war inspyrit, Tuk vp thair jaipis and all thair jaggis, Fure furth as thay war hyrit; Sym & Bruder 33.
God wait gif ȝe be jaips to hald in stoir, Or bony byrdis to keip in to ane cage; 1570 Sat. P. xiii. 134.
Out come the quhittret furwith, Ane litill beist … , Ȝit in the wood thair wes nane wast To harberie that iaip; Burel Pilgr. I. xiv.
Thow hes gotten ane jolie jaip, In lykenes of ane lasse; Philotus xcvii.

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