Definitions of jest

  1. tell a joke; speak humorously; " He often jokes even when he appears serious"
  2. activity characterized by good humor
  3. act in a funny or teasing way
  4. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; " he told a very funny joke"; " he knows a million gags"; " thanks for the laugh"; " he laughed unpleasantly at hisown jest"; " even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
  5. A deed; an action; a gest.
  6. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
  7. Something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase. See Synonyms under Jest, v. i.
  8. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
  9. To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
  10. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
  11. To take part in a merrymaking; - especially, to act in a mask or interlude.
  12. A joke; fun; something or somebody laughed at.
  13. To joke; make merriment; make game of anything.
  14. Something ludicrous: joke: fun: something uttered in sport: object of laughter.
  15. To make a jest or merriment.
  17. A joke.
  18. To joke or make sport.
  19. To joke.
  20. A joke; raillery.
  21. Jester.
  22. Something ludicrous, meant only to excite laughter; something uttered in sport; the object of laughter or sport.
  23. To make merriment; to joke; to say what is not true, merely for diversion.
  24. Something ludicrous, or only intended to excite laughter; joke; fun; the object of jest or laughter; something said in joke or raillery, not in earnest.
  25. To divert by words or actions; to utter untruth or exaggeration in play or diversion.

Quotes of jest

  1. Never injure a friend, even in jest – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  2. Life is a jest and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it. – Bette Davis
  3. A lot of truth is said in jest – Eminem
  4. Listen closely as those around you speak; great truths are revealed in jest – Javan
  5. When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier. – Rudyard Kipling
  6. If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  7. Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification. – Helen Rowland
  8. The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh. – Friedrich Schiller
  9. War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest the hired assassin's trade. – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  10. To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Usage examples for jest

  1. You jest so, in with you. – Porzia by Cale Young Rice
  2. I jest ain't playin' this hand. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  3. " It ain't Bill, it's the brandy," said the bar- keeper, with more truth than jest – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. You jest with me, Aselzion! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  5. She was jest a mother, but that was enough. – The Land of Long Ago by Eliza Calvert Hall
  6. Well, come, tell him jest as you surposes him. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  7. I jest wish I knowed what to do. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  8. Jest like 'a picter! – Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley by Belle K. Maniates
  9. But before I go away I jest want to say one thing- Alison won't go back. – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  10. He's jest nacherally set his heart on it. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  11. " Jest wanted to go upstairs for 'alf a minute. – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse
  12. No. Hit's jest like I been tellin' ye, I went to Tarver's wife- she's got a plenty. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  13. " Can I jest as well as not? – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  14. You might jest as well calculate on stayin' another night." – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  15. Wal, not jest yet. – Lost in the Fog by James De Mille
  16. He's jest done you a good turn. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  17. I warn't more'n jest in time, I tell ye! – The Panchronicon by Harold Steele Mackaye
  18. It's mine, jest mine, and nobody else's. – Clover and Blue Grass by Eliza Calvert Hall
  19. I never eat more than is good for me, nor anything that ain't jest right. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  20. I jest had to have speech with you alone. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan

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