jest

[ jest ]
/ dʒɛst /

noun

verb (used without object)

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jest

gist, jest , just
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British Dictionary definitions for jest

jest
/ (dʒɛst) /

noun

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

verb

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 jest

jestful, adjectivejesting, adjective, nounjestingly, adverb

Word Origin for jest

C13: variant of gest
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