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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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  • Chichester nor gest nor Kroner—none had had a moment's sleep all night.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • "Gentlemen," soothed gest, as Chichester half rose from his chair.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • gest opened his mouth as though to deny it, but closed his lips again.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • Keane strode to Madame Sin's phone, and got gest on the wire.

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • gest, can you tell me if Kroner and Chichester are still out of the hotel?

    Mask of Death Paul Ernst
  • She went to gest and asked him what had happened, and why everything was broken to pieces.

  • Allow me to suggest; pronounce sug so as to rhyme with mug, and gest like jest.

    Conversation Andrew P. Peabody
  • Then Thangbrand baptised gest and all his house and many others.

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

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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