verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of jest
Examples from the Web for jesting
The feasting had given place to wine-drinking, songs and jesting.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Who could venture a bet against a parasite, whether in jesting or feasting?History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
He held out both his hands; she came, and placed herself beside him, all her jesting subdued.Agatha's Husband|Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
"I am not jesting with you, if you are not jesting with her," the other replied.The Mystery of the Clasped Hands|Guy Boothby
And were not trusting lovers and all too-confiding husbands the legitimate butt of all jesting?Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
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.