Jest meaning

jĕst
A playful remark; a witticism or joke.
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The definition of a jest is a joke or teasing remark.

An example of jest is what a comedian does.

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An object of ridicule; a laughingstock.
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A playful or frivolous mood or manner.

Spoken in jest.

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A mocking or bantering remark; jibe; taunt.
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A joke; witticism.
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A lighthearted action or mood; fun; joking.
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To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.

Surely you jest!

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Jest is defined as to joke or tease.

An example of jest is to playfully make fun of a friend.

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A playful or amusing act; a prank.
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To make witty or amusing remarks.
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To act in a playful or facetious manner.
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(obs.) A notable deed.
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Something to be laughed at or joked about.
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To jeer; mock.
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To be playful in speech and actions; joke.
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(archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
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(archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.

Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the jest of the court.

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Origin of jest

  • Middle English geste tale from Old French from Latin gesta deeds from neuter pl. past participle of gerere to perform

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English geste (“idle tale”), from Old French geste (“acts, exploits”), from Latin gesta (“acts, deeds”)

    From Wiktionary