From Middle English geste (“idle tale”), from Old French geste (“acts, exploits”), from Latin gesta (“acts, deeds”). Compare gest, gesture.
jest (plural jests)
- (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
- (archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
- (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
- (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
jest (third-person singular simple present jests, present participle jesting, simple past and past participle jested)
- To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.
Eye dialect spelling of just. This spelling is used for both AAVE and Southern US English.
jest (not comparable)
- (African American Vernacular, Southern US) Alternative spelling of just