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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ca"per
To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.

Etymology: From older capreoll to caper, cf. F. se cabrer to prance; all ultimately fr. L. caper capra, goat. See Capriole

noun Ca"per
A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank.
noun Ca"per
A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer.

Etymology: D. kaper

noun Ca"per
  1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), much used for pickles.
  2. [Bot] A plant of the genus Capparis; -- called also caper bush caper tree.

Note: ☞ The Capparis spinosa is a low prickly shrub of the Mediterranean coasts, with trailing branches and brilliant flowers; -- cultivated in the south of Europe for its buds. The Capparis sodada is an almost leafless spiny shrub of central Africa (Soudan), Arabia, and southern India, with edible berries.

Etymology: F. câpre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. �; cf. Ar. & Per. al-kabar

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  2. Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  3. A playful leap or hop
  4. A crime (especially a robbery)
  5. Pickled flower buds used as a pungent relish in various dishes and sauces
  6. Any of numerous plants of the genus Capparis
  7. Jump about playfully

Shortening of capriole.

  1. A playful leap or jump.
  2. A jump while dancing.
  3. A prank or practical joke.
  4. (usually in plural) Playful behaviour.
  5. A crime, especially theft, or a narrative about such a crime.

From Dutch kaper.

  1. A vessel formerly used by the Dutch; privateer.

From Latin capparis.

  1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper (Capparis spinosa), which is pickled and eaten.
  2. A plant of the genus Capparis.

Shortening of capercaillie.

  1. (Scotland) The capercaillie.

    caper was also found in the following language(s): French, Latin, and Middle French

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Caper U.S.
      White 41.61% 64.26%
      African American 50.36% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.65% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.38% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Caper

    People with the last name Caper are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Caper

    • How Popular is the name Caper? As a last name Caper was the 125,282nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Caper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Caper is Sunday, August 11th, 1901.
    • How unique is the name Caper? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Caper. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Caper: Your name in reverse order is Repac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Racpe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Caper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 137 people with the last name Caper.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Caper? Caper is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    Past life for Caper born Oct 23, 1968

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Siberia approximately on 1025. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

    You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.