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jest

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1 an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously

  • you should know that our teasing was done entirely in jest
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2 something said or done to cause laughter

  • laughed politely at his feeble jest about his pet mosquito
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3 a playful or mischievous act intended as a joke

  • putting a mouse in her desk drawer was intended to be a harmless jest
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4 a person or thing that is made fun of

  • his outlandish costumes made him the jest of the town
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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

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to make jokes

  • when I asked my sister for a loan, she laughingly replied, "Surely you jest!"
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crack wise



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