verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of jest
Synonyms for jest
Examples from the Web for jestful
Historical Examples of jestful
He was as whimsical and jestful as ever, but he was not happy.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
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.