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Definition jest

Etymology 1

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


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.

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.


jest (not comparable)

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