Definitions for jestdʒɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a joke or witty remark; witticism; quip.

  2. a taunt, often of a teasing nature.

  3. sport or fun:

    to speak half in jest, half in earnest.

  4. the object of laughter; laughingstock.

  5. (v.i.)to speak in a humorous or playfully teasing way.

  6. to speak derisively.

Origin of jest:

1250–1300; ME; var. sp. of gest

Princeton's WordNet

  1. joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape(noun)

    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

    "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"

  2. jest, joke, jocularity(verb)

    activity characterized by good humor

  3. joke, jest(verb)

    tell a joke; speak humorously

    "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

  4. joke, jest(verb)

    act in a funny or teasing way


  1. jest(Noun)

    An act performed for amusement; a joke.

    I shall not succumb to your jests!

  2. jest(Noun)

    Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.

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

  3. jest(Verb)

    To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.

    Surely you jest!

  4. Origin: From geste, from geste, from gesta

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jest(noun)

    a deed; an action; a gest

  2. Jest(noun)

    a mask; a pageant; an interlude

  3. Jest(noun)

    something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase. See Synonyms under Jest, v. i

  4. Jest(verb)

    the object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock

  5. Jest(verb)

    to take part in a merrymaking; -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude

  6. Jest(verb)

    to make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything

Anagrams of jest

  1. jets, Jets

  2. Jets

Translations for jest

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a joke; something done or said to cause amusement.

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