[ jest ]
/ dʒɛst /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to deride or joke at; banter.

Nearby words

  1. jesse,
  2. jesse window,
  3. jesselton,
  4. jessica,
  5. jessie,
  6. jestbook,
  7. jester,
  8. jesu,
  9. jesuit,
  10. jesuit ware

Origin of jest

1250–1300; Middle English; variant spelling of gest

1. quip. See joke. 2. jape, gibe. 4. butt.

Related forms
Can be confusedgist jest just Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jesting


/ (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 Formsjestful, adjectivejesting, adjective, nounjestingly, adverb

Word Origin for jest

C13: variant of gest

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Word Origin and History for jesting
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