Definition of jest in English:

jest

Syllabification: jest
Pronunciation: /jest
 
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noun

1A thing said or done for amusement; a joke: there are jests about administrative gaffes it was said in jest
More example sentences
  • Quebec never made demands to the federal government in jest or with flippant jokes.
  • He often said that in jest, and Kat joked about it with him.
  • In jest or not, this is not particularly sporting if you ask me.
Synonyms
joke, witticism, funny remark, gag, quip, sally, pun; crack, wisecrack, one-linerin fun, as a joke, tongue in cheek, playfully, jokingly, facetiously, frivolously, for a laugh
1.1 archaic An object of derision: lowly virtue is the jest of fools

verb

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Speak or act in a joking manner: you jest, surely? [with direct speech]: “I don’t know about maturing,” jests William
More example sentences
  • Mocking a few for not knowing the band's hometown heroes the MC5, the Suicide Machines joked and jested throughout a powerful (but disturbingly short) set.
  • I sipped my ale, and wondered what if anything the two men had spoken of while I jested with Hildfleda.
  • ‘Tonight shows my sense of fortitude and courage,’ he jested.
Synonyms
fool around, play a practical joke, tease, kid, pull someone's leg, pull/jerk/yank someone's chain, have someone on; fun; joke, quip, gag, tell jokes, crack jokes
informal wisecrack

Origin

late Middle English: from earlier gest, from Old French geste, from Latin gesta 'actions, exploits', from gerere 'do'. The original sense was 'exploit, heroic deed', hence 'a narrative of such deeds' (originally in verse); later the term denoted an idle tale, hence a joke (mid 16th century).

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