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Jest meaning

jest - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. A deed; an action; a gest.
  3. 3. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
  6. 6. To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
  7. 7. To take part in a merrymaking; - especially, to act in a mask or interlude.
  8. 8. A joke.
  9. 9. To joke or make sport.

jest - examples of usage

  1. The only people who were really in a position to enjoy the jest were the Whigs. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. Carpenter had had his jest, and was through with it. - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
  3. " You understand very well," retorted Lily, now really indignant, " and you know that this passes a jest." - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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