[ UK /d‍ʒˈækɐnˌe‍ɪps/ ]
  1. someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
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How To Use jackanapes In A Sentence

  • The grinning, slithering jackanapes is reportedly going to concentrate his sales pitch on the U.S., suspecting that we Brits would sooner chew our tongues than buy his book when it is published on Sept. 13. Boycott Blair's Book!
  • But do you realize that I would be looked upon as the most foolish jackanapes in the South Seas if I took a young girl like you in with me here on Berande?" he asked. Chapter 13
  • I, for one, want my effing money back from these two faced jackanapes. Think Progress » Letters Reveal Top GOP Lawmakers Demanded Stimulus Money As ‘Vital’ Job Creating Engines
  • I shan't pick up the 'jackanapes' or the 'rascal.' Dr. Dumany's Wife
  • As sure as I am Ole Nordistuen of the Hill Farms, I tell you the minister shall sooner call the banns for the fairy folk up on the Nordal forest than he shall speak such names from the pulpit as Marit’s and yours, you jackanapes! Chapter X
  • It would be almost too easy to pull information out of this unctuous jackanapes. Earl of Durkness
  • Together we hypostatize the divine presence, not to be maligned by Jackanapes Marprelate orthographers!!! Pioneers of Alienation and 50s Sci-Fi at Thing Street Asylum
  • ‘Now listen here, you jackanapes,’ I shouted, ‘enough of this horse-play.’
  • I was at a photo call at the Commons to snap a collection of the new input of MPs, a bunch of braying jackanapes and barrow boys made good in too-expensive suits.
  • As, on the other hand, Jackanapes (who had a boy's full share of the little beast and the young monkey in his natural composition) was none the worse, at his tender years, for learning some maidenliness, -- so far as maidenliness means decency, pity, unselfishness, and pretty behavior. Children's Literature A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes
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