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"
jest, joke, jocularity(verb)
activity characterized by good humor
tell a joke; speak humorously
"He often jokes even when he appears serious"
act in a funny or teasing way
An act performed for amusement; a joke.
I shall not succumb to your jests!
Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the jest of the court.
To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.
Surely you jest!
Origin: From geste, from geste, from gesta
a deed; an action; a gest
a mask; a pageant; an interlude
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
the object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock
to take part in a merrymaking; -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude
to make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything
Origin: [OE. jeste, geste, deed, action, story, tale, OF. geste, LL. gesta, orig., exploits, neut. pl. from L. gestus, p. p. of gerere to bear, carry, accomplish, perform; perh. orig., to make to come, bring, and perh. akin to E. come. Cf. Gest a deed, Register, n.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jest, n. something ludicrous: joke: fun: something uttered in sport: object of laughter.—v.i. to make a jest: to joust.—ns. Jest′-book, a collection of funny stories; Jest′er, one who jests: a buffoon: a court-fool.—adj. Jest′ful, given to jesting.—adv. Jest′ingly.—n. Jest′ing-stock, a butt for jests. [Orig. 'a deed, a story,' M. E. geste—O. Fr. geste—L. gesta—gerĕre, to do.]
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The numerical value of jest in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of jest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Never injure a friend, even in jest.
Even he who laughs best can be hurt by a jest.
Bootless grief hurts a man?s self, but patience makes a jest of an injury.
Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
Alas, poor Yorick I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy...
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- bromear, chiste, bromaSpanish
- naurunaihe, pila, vitsi, vitsaillaFinnish
- nevetség tárgya, tréfa, tréfálkozik, tréfálkozásHungarian
- battuta, affabulare, oggetto di scherno, arguzia, zimbello, facezia, scherzo, celia, barzellettaItalian
- whakanene, neneMāori
- посмешище, насмешка, шутить, остро́таRussian
- skämta, driva, gyckla, skojaSwedish
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