Definition of jest in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒɛst



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adjective & noun
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  • ‘Oh,’ his friend replied in a jesting tone, ‘Henry the bookworm is wondering?’
  • Kiyone grinned, but it wasn't a grin of jesting, it was more of the kind that goes along with malicious intent.
  • There is, however, no other trace in the book of a jesting spirit at work.


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  • Gemma was jestingly calling me ‘Meaghan Morris’.
  • She nudged me jestingly in the arm with her elbow.
  • ‘Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building,’ The Onion jestingly quoted Hastert saying.


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

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