Wilbur to her jested with venomous sarcasm at the expense of Lyman.
And all the time he laughed and jested as though he were in the highest spirits.
They jested and laughed; and Henry Howard kissed away the tears that the happiness of the present caused his Geraldine to shed.
The life could not be endured often, unless it were jested through.
And so, as they went on their way, they jested and exchanged little tender speeches.
There is no doubt that Foote loved some of those he jested at.
He walked, he reasoned, he jested, in a way that argued the most perfect self-possession.
That is what people are saying nowadays: you yourself have jested to me about our privileges.
"Don't be in too big a hurry for Waterloo," jested Arkwright.
"Carry him off to Bagdad and chop off his head," Ryanne 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.