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.

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