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Letters or wildcard '*' please.
Letters please.
Letters please.

Definition jest

Etymology 1

From Middle English geste (“idle tale”), from Old French geste (“acts, exploits”), from Latin gesta (“acts, deeds”). Compare gest, gesture.

Noun

jest (plural jests)

  1. (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
  2. (archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
  3. (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
  4. (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
Verb

jest (third-person singular simple present jests, present participle jesting, simple past and past participle jested)

  1. To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.

Etymology 2

Eye dialect spelling of just. This spelling is used for both AAVE and Southern US English.

Adverb

jest (not comparable)

  1. (African American Vernacular, Southern US) Alternative spelling of just