jest

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noun
  1. a joke or witty remark; witticism.
  2. a bantering remark; a piece of good-natured ridicule; taunt.
  3. sport or fun: to speak half in jest, half in earnest.
  4. the object of laughter, sport, or mockery; laughing-stock.
  5. Obsolete. an exploit.Compare gest.
verb (used without object)
  1. to speak in a playful, humorous, or facetious way; joke.
  2. to speak or act in mere sport, rather than in earnest; trifle (often followed by with): Please don't jest with me.
  3. to utter derisive speeches; gibe or scoff.
verb (used with object)
  1. to deride or joke at; banter.

Origin of jest

1250–1300; Middle English; variant spelling of gest
Related formsjest·ful, adjectivejest·ing·ly, adverbout·jest, verb (used with object)un·jest·ing, adjectiveun·jest·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgist jest just

Synonyms for jest

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1. quip. See joke. 2. jape, gibe. 4. butt.
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Historical Examples of jest

  • Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "I jest can't keep him off the streets nights," was his chief complaint.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But you can last longer if you jest keep the system in mind a little.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She says it's the only place fur folks with money, jest like you say.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!

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British Dictionary definitions for jest

jest

noun
  1. something done or said for amusement; joke
  2. a frivolous mood or attitude; playfulness; funto act in jest
  3. a jeer or taunt
  4. an object of derision; laughing stock; butt
verb
  1. to act or speak in an amusing, teasing, or frivolous way; joke
  2. to make fun of (a person or thing); scoff or mock
Derived Formsjestful, adjectivejesting, adjective, nounjestingly, adverb

Word Origin for jest

C13: variant of gest
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Word Origin and History for jest
n.

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).

v.

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.

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