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jest

 (jĕst)
n.
1. A playful or frivolous mood or manner: spoken in jest.
2. A playful remark; a witticism or joke.
3. A playful or amusing act; a prank.
4. An object of ridicule; a laughingstock: "There are people ... so cruel as to make a jest of me" (Charles Dickens).
intr.v. jest·ed, jest·ing, jests
1. To make witty or amusing remarks.
2. To act in a playful or facetious manner.

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

jest′ing·ly adv.

jest

(dʒɛst)
n
1. something done or said for amusement; joke
2. a frivolous mood or attitude; playfulness; fun: to act in jest.
3. a jeer or taunt
4. an object of derision; laughing stock; butt
vb
5. to act or speak in an amusing, teasing, or frivolous way; joke
6. to make fun of (a person or thing); scoff or mock
[C13: variant of gest]
ˈjestful adj
ˈjesting adj, n
ˈjestingly adv

jest

(dʒɛst)
n.
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.
v.i.
5. to speak in a humorous or playfully teasing way.
6. to speak derisively.
[1250–1300; Middle English; variant sp. of gest]

jest

  • joke - Latin jocus, "jest, joke," gave us joke.
  • ludicrous - Early senses of ludicrous, from the adjective ludic, were "sportive," "intended as jest" and "spontaneously playful."
  • juggle, juggler - Juggle is from Latin joculus, a diminutive of jocus, and a juggler was originally a jester.
  • jocose - From Latin jocus, "joke, jest," it means "full of jokes."

jest


Past participle: jested
Gerund: jesting

Imperative
jest
jest
Present
I jest
you jest
he/she/it jests
we jest
you jest
they jest
Preterite
I jested
you jested
he/she/it jested
we jested
you jested
they jested
Present Continuous
I am jesting
you are jesting
he/she/it is jesting
we are jesting
you are jesting
they are jesting
Present Perfect
I have jested
you have jested
he/she/it has jested
we have jested
you have jested
they have jested
Past Continuous
I was jesting
you were jesting
he/she/it was jesting
we were jesting
you were jesting
they were jesting
Past Perfect
I had jested
you had jested
he/she/it had jested
we had jested
you had jested
they had jested
Future
I will jest
you will jest
he/she/it will jest
we will jest
you will jest
they will jest
Future Perfect
I will have jested
you will have jested
he/she/it will have jested
we will have jested
you will have jested
they will have jested
Future Continuous
I will be jesting
you will be jesting
he/she/it will be jesting
we will be jesting
you will be jesting
they will be jesting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been jesting
you have been jesting
he/she/it has been jesting
we have been jesting
you have been jesting
they have been jesting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been jesting
you will have been jesting
he/she/it will have been jesting
we will have been jesting
you will have been jesting
they will have been jesting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been jesting
you had been jesting
he/she/it had been jesting
we had been jesting
you had been jesting
they had been jesting
Conditional
I would jest
you would jest
he/she/it would jest
we would jest
you would jest
they would jest
Past Conditional
I would have jested
you would have jested
he/she/it would have jested
we would have jested
you would have jested
they would have jested
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jest - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughterjest - 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"
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
gag line, punch line, tag line, laugh line - the point of a joke or humorous story
howler, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow, belly laugh, riot, scream - a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story - an indelicate joke
ethnic joke - a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story - an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line); "she told a funny story"; "she made a funny"
in-joke - a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
one-liner - a one-line joke
shaggy dog story - a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke - a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke - a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
2.jest - activity characterized by good humor
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
drollery, waggery - a quaint and amusing jest
leg-pull, leg-pulling - as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
pleasantry - an agreeable or amusing remark; "they exchange pleasantries"
Verb1.jest - tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
quip, gag - make jokes or quips; "The students were gagging during dinner"
fool around, horse around, arse around, fool - indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about"
pun - make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast, rib - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
2.jest - act in a funny or teasing way
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
antic, clown, clown around - act as or like a clown

jest

noun
1. joke, play, crack (slang), sally, gag (informal), quip, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), banter, hoax, prank, wisecrack (informal), pleasantry, witticism, jape, bon mot It was a jest rather than a reproach.
verb
1. joke, kid (informal), mock, tease, sneer, jeer, quip, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), scoff, banter, deride, chaff, gibe He enjoyed drinking and jesting with his cronies.
in jest as a joke, tongue in cheek, jokingly, for a laugh, in fun, flippantly, facetiously, light-heartedly, as humour, as a tease Many a true word spoken in jest.
Quotations
"a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
Proverbs
"Many a truth lie in jest"

jest

noun
1. An object of amusement or laughter:
2. Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement:
Informal: funny, gag.
Slang: ha-ha.
verb
1. To make jokes; behave playfully:
Informal: clown (around), fool around, fun.
2. To make fun or make fun of:
Chiefly British: quiz.
Idiom: poke fun at.
Translations
مُزاح، دُعابَهيَمْزَح، يَسْخَر من
žertžertovat
lave sjovmorsomhedspøgevittighed
vitsailla
nevetség tárgyatréfatréfálkozástréfálkozik
spaug, brandarispauga, grínast
juokautijuokdarys
jokotjoks

jest

[dʒest]
A. Nguasa f, broma f
in jesten broma, de guasa
B. VIbromear, estar de guasa
he was only jestinglo dijo en broma nada más, sólo estaba de guasa

jest

[ˈdʒɛst]
n (= joke) → plaisanterie f
in jest → en plaisantant
to say sth in jest → dire qch en plaisantant
vi (= joke) → plaisanter

jest

n (no pl) (= fun)Spaß m, (Aus also) → Spass m; (= joke also)Scherz m, → Witz m; in jestim Spaß
vischerzen, spaßen; you jest, sir! (old)Sie belieben zu scherzen, mein Herr! (old); to jest with somebodymit jdm spaßen; to jest about somethingüber etw (acc)Scherze or Witze machen

jest

[dʒɛst]
1. nscherzo, facezia
in jest → per scherzo
2. vischerzare

jest

(dʒest) noun
a joke; something done or said to cause amusement.
verb
to joke.
ˈjester noun
in former times, a man employed in the courts of kings, nobles etc to amuse them with jokes etc.
in jest
as a joke; not seriously. speaking in jest.

jest

n. broma, chiste;
v. bromear.
References in classic literature ?
Oh, my lord," said D'Artagnan, "I know you are a complete man; I know you have been, for a long time placed above human miseries; but there are jests and jests of a certain kind, which have the power of irritating me beyond expression.
said the lieutenant; "then you richly deserve to be hanged, as well for making such jests, as for using such a weapon: you are my prisoner, sir; nor shall you stir from hence till a proper guard comes to secure you.
But you know the wise maxim your excellency, advising one to expect the worst," said the Austrian general, evidently wishing to have done with jests and to come to business.
Well, there's jest been three--Elizabeth Russell, and Mrs.
Though often thoughtless in my speech, I never should have imagined that you would take my words as a jest at your expense.
He don't speak ter no one; and he lives all alone in a great big lovely house all full of jest grand things, they say.
But dad's a mighty jest man; all the fleet says so.
It is good, in discourse and speech of conversation, to vary and intermingle speech of the present occasion, with arguments, tales with reasons, asking of questions, with telling of opinions, and jest with earnest: for it is a dull thing to tire, and, as we say now, to jade, any thing too far.
Yer jest one little feller amongst a hull lot of others, and yeh've got to keep quiet an' do what they tell yeh.
Now, I bought a gal once, when I was in the trade,--a tight, likely wench she was, too, and quite considerable smart,--and she had a young un that was mis'able sickly; it had a crooked back, or something or other; and I jest gin 't away to a man that thought he'd take his chance raising on 't, being it didn't cost nothin';--never thought, yer know, of the gal's taking' on about it,--but, Lord, yer oughter seen how she went on.
Now ain't it too bad you've jest got to give it all up on account o' your aunt Mirandy?
This is no jest, Arthur,' said I, seriously, but as calmly as I could - 'unless you think it a jest to lose my affection for ever.