a joke or witty remark; witticism.
a bantering remark; a piece of good-natured ridicule; taunt.
sport or fun:
to speak half in jest, half in earnest.
the object of laughter, sport, or mockery; laughing-stock.
Obsolete. an exploit.
verb (used without object)
to speak in a playful, humorous, or facetious way; joke.
to speak or act in mere sport, rather than in earnest; trifle (often followed by with):
Please don’t jest with me.
to utter derisive speeches; gibe or scoff.
verb (used with object)
to deride or joke at; banter.
something done or said for amusement; joke
a frivolous mood or attitude; playfulness; fun: to act in jest
a jeer or taunt
an object of derision; laughing stock; butt
to act or speak in an amusing, teasing, or frivolous way; joke
to make fun of (a person or thing); scoff or mock
early 13c., geste, “narrative of exploits,” from Old French geste “action, exploit,” from Latin gesta “deeds,” neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere “to carry, behave, act, perform” (see gest). Sense descended through “idle tale” (late 15c.) to “mocking speech, raillery” (1540s) to “joke” (1550s).
1520s, “to speak in a trifling manner;” 1550s, “to joke,” from Middle English gesten “recite a tale” (late 14c.), from geste (see jest (n.)). Sense of “to speak in a trifling manner” is from 1520s. Related: Jested; jesting.
[jezh-oo-it-i-kuh l, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˌdʒɛʒ uˈɪt ɪ kəl, ˌdʒɛz u-, ˌdʒɛz yu-/ adjective 1. of or relating to or Jesuitism. 2. (often lowercase) practicing casuistry or equivocation; using subtle or oversubtle reasoning; crafty; sly; intriguing.
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[jezh-oo-it, jez-oo-, jez-yoo-] /ˈdʒɛʒ u ɪt, ˈdʒɛz u-, ˈdʒɛz yu-/ noun 1. a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534. 2. (often lowercase) a crafty, intriguing, or equivocating person: so called in allusion to the methods ascribed to the order by its opponents. adjective 3. […]
noun 1. Chinese porcelain of the early 18th century, decorated with Christian motifs, usually in black and gold on a white background.