verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of jest
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|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Rich Goldstein|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And this explosion was fictional and in jest, so you can call it a pretty big hoot!
It may have been said in jest, but a legion of Hollywood actresses would have nodded ruefully in unison.
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|Tony Doukopil|March 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jest because she don't care for gewgaws like you do, you think she's a fool.The Girl from Montana|Grace Livingston Hill
"Sandy'll plug Old Miles in jest another minnit," remarked Fresno.The U.P. Trail|Zane Grey
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
S'pose you tell me what happened, jest as it comes to you, lad.Darry the Life Saver|Frank V. Webster
Jest then I heard that sound ag'in, an' I made out it come from the point of rocks that makes off inter ther harber.Frank Merriwell's Cruise|Burt L. Standish
Word Origin 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.