[ jest ]
/ dʒɛst /
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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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to deride or joke at; banter.
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Origin of jest
1250–1300; Middle English; variant spelling of gest
synonym study for jest
1. See joke.
OTHER WORDS FROM jest
jestful, adjectivejest·ing·ly, adverboutjest, verb (used with object)un·jest·ing, adjective
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How to use jest in a sentence
He was as whimsical and jestful as ever, but he was not happy.Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for jest
/ (dʒɛst) /
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
Derived forms of jestjestful, adjectivejesting, adjective, nounjestingly, adverb
Word Origin for jest
C13: variant of gest
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