Examples of jest in a sentence
It was a harmless jest.
<you should know that our teasing was done entirely in jest>
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of jest
JEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jest for English Language Learners
: something said or done to cause laughter
JEST Defined for Kids
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