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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.]

jest′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.jesting - characterized by jokes and good humor
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"


A. ADJ [person] → chistoso, guasón; [tone] → guasón; [reference] → burlón, en broma
B. Nchanzas fpl, bromas fpl


nSpaßen nt, → Scherzen nt
References in classic literature ?
Because his majesty gives way sometimes to jest very compromising for his servants; and jesting, my lord, is a weapon that seriously wounds men of the sword, as we are.
Well, now, for my part," said he, with the most natural air possible, "I am not an enemy of jesting, my dear Monsieur d'Artagnan; my soldiers will tell you that even many times in camp, I listened very indifferently, and with a certain pleasure, to the satirical songs which the army of Lambert passed into mine, and which, certainly, would have caused the ears of a general more susceptible than I am to tingle.
The tenderness of lovers can ill brook the least jesting with the names of their mistresses.
To tell you the truth, I had supposed that YOU were jesting in your letter; wherefore, my heart was feeling heavy at the thought that you could feel so displeased with me.
he said, and without waiting for a reply, he turned to his wife in his jesting tone: "Well, were a great many tears shed at Moscow at parting?
Most fortunate," he said to his wife, dismissing Vronsky altogether, "that I should just have half an hour to meet you, so that I can prove my devotion," he went on in the same jesting tone.
You lay too much stress on your devotion for me to value it much," she responded in the same jesting tone, involuntarily listening to the sound of Vronsky's steps behind them.
So the next time the heaven's thunder rolls We will know it's you waving your tickling sticks Making the Gods laugh out loud With a bellyful of merriment Joker's jokes of spontaneity and theatrical gaiety The ultimate jesters jesting jest
On a lighter note, Alami points out: "The name came about when people kept telling us to stop jesting, it won't happen and we were determined to be the first jesters.
The two-night event will be the culmination of a regionwide search for comic talent by the BBC and will provide the material for the next series of Jesting About on Radio Newcastle.
James and Jack Boughen, from Eaglescliffe, will have a sketch show of their material broadcast on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle over the Easter weekend called Jesting About.
4) Both Castiglione and Stefano Guazzo in his influential Civile Conversation, translated by George Pettie and Bartholomew Young (1581, 1586), recommend a golden mean in joking that antagonistic Antonio and Sebastian ignore, (5) Chris Holcomb asserts that "[n]early every early modern handbook that includes a discussion of jesting defines the subject matter of laughter as deformity, either in physical appearance or behavior.