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or geste

[jest] /dʒɛst/
a story or tale.
a deed or exploit.
Archaic. a metrical romance or history.
Origin of gest
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French geste action, exploit < Latin gesta exploits, neuter plural past participle of gerere to carry on, perform Unabridged
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  • She went to gest and asked him what had happened, and why everything was broken to pieces.

  • After that gest gave Thangbrand good gifts, and he fared back south.

  • gest said: "You have declared and spoken well; if you go not back upon it, I will not delay to show that of which I am capable."

  • gest said, "Tell me your dreams, it may be that I can make something of them."

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  • gest rode all that day from Saurby and came to the Sælingsdale spring, and tarried there for a while.

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  • gest said he did not discover the family features of Olaf in any of these young men.

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  • Keane strode to Madame Sin's phone, and got gest on the wire.

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  • Thord spent much time in gest's booth and always talked to Gudrun.

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  • gest was terribly fatigued, but there was no choice but either to brace himself or be dragged down to the rocks.

British Dictionary definitions for gest


noun (archaic)
a notable deed or exploit
a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verse See also chanson de geste
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out
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Word Origin and History for gest

"famous deed, exploit; story, romance," c.1300, from Old French geste "action, exploit, romance, history (of celebrated people or actions)," from Latin gesta "actions, exploits, deeds, achievements," neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere "to carry on, wage, perform," of unknown origin. Cf. jest.

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