- a joke or witty remark; witticism.
- a bantering remark; a piece of good-natured ridicule; taunt.
- sport or fun: to speak half in jest, half in earnest.
- the object of laughter, sport, or mockery; laughing-stock.
- Obsolete. an exploit.Compare gest.
- to speak in a playful, humorous, or facetious way; joke.
- to speak or act in mere sport, rather than in earnest; trifle (often followed by with): Please don't jest with me.
- to utter derisive speeches; gibe or scoff.
- to deride or joke at; banter.
Origin of jest
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Examples from the Web for jest
After a while, he began to jest that there were snipers across the street trying to get him.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
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March 1, 2014
Rawcus has to provide a solid argument in his rhetoric to make such an accusation, even in jest.Rawcus Is the Rapper Behind the Viral ‘White People Crazy’ Video
January 29, 2014
And this explosion was fictional and in jest, so you can call it a pretty big hoot!‘American Hustle’ Is Overrated
January 28, 2014
It may have been said in jest, but a legion of Hollywood actresses would have nodded ruefully in unison.Why Meryl Is So Special
January 16, 2014
But he tells me the line was “said in jest” and that “there is no clue there.”If You’re Hunting for Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Start Here
March 1, 2013
Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.
"I jest can't keep him off the streets nights," was his chief complaint.
But you can last longer if you jest keep the system in mind a little.
She says it's the only place fur folks with money, jest like you say.
And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!
- something done or said for amusement; joke
- a frivolous mood or attitude; playfulness; funto act in jest
- a jeer or taunt
- an object of derision; laughing stock; butt
- to act or speak in an amusing, teasing, or frivolous way; joke
- to make fun of (a person or thing); scoff or mock
Word Origin and History for jest
early 13c., geste, "narrative of exploits," from Old French geste "action, exploit," from Latin gesta "deeds," neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere "to carry, behave, act, perform" (see gest). Sense descended through "idle tale" (late 15c.) to "mocking speech, raillery" (1540s) to "joke" (1550s).
1520s, "to speak in a trifling manner;" 1550s, "to joke," from Middle English gesten "recite a tale" (late 14c.), from geste (see jest (n.)). Sense of "to speak in a trifling manner" is from 1520s. Related: Jested; jesting.