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jest

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of jest

  1. 1 an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously you should know that our teasing was done entirely in jest Synonyms of jest game, fun, play, sportWords Related to jest facetiousness, flightiness, flippancy, frivolity, frivolousness, frothiness, levity, light-mindedness, sillinessNear Antonyms of jest earnestness, gravity, seriousness, soberness, sobriety, solemnityAntonyms of jest earnest

  2. 2 something said or done to cause laughter laughed politely at his feeble jest about his pet mosquito Synonyms of jest boff (or boffo), boffola, crack, drollery, funny, gag, giggle [chiefly British], jape, joke, josh, laugh, nifty, one-liner, pleasantry, quip, rib, sally, waggery, wisecrack, witticism, yuk (or yuck also yak or yock) [slang]Words Related to jest funning, joking, wisecracking; knee-slapper, panic [slang], riot, scream, thigh-slapper; antic, buffoonery, caper, leg-pull, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, trick; burlesque, caricature, lampoon, mock, mockery, parody, put-on, riff; banter, kidding, persiflage, raillery, repartee; drollness, facetiousness, funniness, hilariousness, humorousness; comedy, humor, wit, wordplay

  3. 3 a playful or mischievous act intended as a joke putting a mouse in her desk drawer was intended to be a harmless jest Synonyms of jest antic, caper, capriccio, dido, escapade, frolic, gag, prank, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggeryWords Related to jest skylarking; adventure, experience, game, lark, time; high jinks (also hijinks), horseplay, play, roughhousing, rowdyism; shenanigan(s), tomfoolery; joking, kidding, teasing; gambit, hoax, maneuver, ploy; deed, feat, mission, performance, stunt; caprice, conceit, fancy, vagary, whim, whimsy (also whimsey); deceit, deception, delusion, fooling, fraud, hanky-panky, hoodwinking, ruse, sham, stratagem, subterfuge, trickery, wile

  4. 4 a person or thing that is made fun of his outlandish costumes made him the jest of the town Synonyms of jest butt, derision, laughingstock, joke, mark, mock, mockery, sport, targetWords Related to jest chump, dupe, fall guy, fool, gull, monkey, pigeon, sap, sucker, victimNear Antonyms of jest darling, favorite, pet

Synonym Discussion of jest

fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose.
    • played cards just for fun
jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.
    • hurt by remarks said only in jest
sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.
    • teasing begun in sport led to anger
game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.
    • made game of their poor relations
play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.
    • pretended to strangle his brother in play

jest

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of jest

  1. to make jokes when I asked my sister for a loan, she laughingly replied, “Surely you jest!” Synonyms of jest banter, chaff, fool, fun, gag, jape, joke, jive, jolly, josh, kid, quip, wisecrack, yuk (or yuck) [slang]Words Related to jest gibe (or jibe), haze, jeer, mock, rag, rally, razz, rib, ridicule, tease; caricature, lampoon, parody, satirize; amuse, divert, entertain



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