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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.]
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