Adjective "jest" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A thing said or done for amusement; a joke.
  1. mass noun 'it was said in jest'
  2. 'Keith, aged 33, said: ‘A year later I asked her to marry me in jest and she said yes, so I asked her properly… after a few beers.’'
  3. 'He often said that in jest, and Kat joked about it with him.'
  4. 'What made the visit unusual was that along with the rest of the audience, the President laughed freely in response to the jokes and jests.'
  5. 'I was accused, only partly in jest, of being a Communist.'
  6. 'In jest, my husband reminds me just how expensive each Christmas card is every year.'
  7. '‘Optimism,’ he writes, paraphrasing Marx in jest, ‘is the Opium of the people!’'
  8. 'He scowled, then, thinking back on their jests and jokes with each other.'
  9. 'These last two are severe sins within an Islamic worldview, and accusing others of having committed them - even in jest - is considered unacceptable.'
  10. 'Sure, one could say that the sexual shirts are an exaggeration - that they should be read in jest - but they still insinuate where your value lies.'
  11. 'They tell jokes, they make jests, they perform plays.'


Speak in a joking way.
  1. '‘Why Ben,’ he jested, ‘it's been a while since I've seen your chin so white!’'
  2. 'Once they reached the top of the stairs, Lily jested, ‘Antsy, are we?’'
  3. '‘How about Langstroth pull-through’, I jested.'
  4. '‘Maybe he was visited by a phantom,’ someone jested.'
  5. 'With Shanza's hand still clasped in his hold, Zethus jested wryly, ‘Too bad I'm not a palm reader.’'
  6. '‘C'mon, my treat,’ Nocte jested, and won her over.'
  7. '‘Tell Trace there won't be any need to thank me,’ she jested.'
  8. '‘Tonight shows my sense of fortitude and courage,’ he jested.'
  9. 'Indeed, the skipper jested with his manager about being forced to travel with the squad to the Valley.'
  10. '‘Someone,’ she jested, playing with her buckles on her leather jacket, ‘who knows you well.’'

More definitions

1. a joke or witty remark; witticism.

2. a bantering remark; a piece of good-natured ridicule; taunt.

3. sport or fun: to speak half in jest, half in earnest.

4. the object of laughter, sport, or mockery; laughing-stock.

5. Obsolete. an exploit.Compare gest. verb (used without object)

6. to speak in a playful, humorous, or facetious way; joke.

7. to speak or act in mere sport, rather than in earnest; trifle (often followed by with): Please don't jest with me.

8. to utter

More examples(as adjective)

"tricks can be jest."


Late Middle English: from earlier gest, from Old French geste, from Latin gesta ‘actions, exploits’, from gerere ‘do’. The original sense was ‘heroic deed’, hence ‘a narrative of such deeds’; later the term denoted an idle tale, hence a joke.