noun \ˈjest\

: something said or done to cause laughter

Full Definition of JEST

:  an utterance (as a jeer or quip) intended to be taken as mockery or humor
a :  prank
b :  a ludicrous circumstance or incident
a :  a frivolous mood or manner <spoken in jest>
b :  gaiety and merriment
jest verb

Examples of JEST

  1. It was a harmless jest.
  2. <you should know that our teasing was done entirely in jest>

Origin of JEST

Middle English geste idle tale, story in verse, from Anglo-French, deed, action, narrative, from Latin gesta deeds, from neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere to bear, wage
First Known Use: circa 1548


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