- 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 jested
I jested with her about him, but she swore there was no lovemaking between them.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
"We'll use it for our jail to lock up the bad ones in," jested Dick.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
She laughed and jested and made merry over her egg and toast.A Young Mutineer
Mrs. L. T. Meade
Foma could hardly make out when Yozhov jested and when he was in earnest.Foma Gordyeff
And all the time he laughed and jested as though he were in the highest spirits.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
- 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 jested
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.