What does the word jackanapes mean?

Usage examples for jackanapes

  1. Eleseus in particular was grown a clever one, but little Sivert was nothing much, if the truth must be told- a madcap, a jackanapes. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. More than once Tom turned to try and catch hold one of the little jackanapes, but he was off so fast down some lane or other that even Tom could not overtake him. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. Mrs. Ewing's " Jackanapes" and Charles Kingsley's " Water- Babies" jostled the " Seven Little Sisters" series; Hawthorne's " Wonder- Book" lay close to Lamb's " Tales from Shakespeare;" and Whittier's " Child- Life in Prose and Poetry" stood between Mary Howitt's " Children's Year" and Robert Louis Stevenson's " Child's Garden of Verses." – Polly Oliver's Problem by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin