Pronunciation Noun

jest (plural jests)

  1. (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
    • The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
  2. (archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
    Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the jest of the court.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Then let me be your jest; I deserve it.
  3. (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
    • the jests or actions of princes
  4. (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
    • He promised us, in honour of our guest, / To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: risée
  • Italian: oggetto di scherno, zimbello
  • Russian: посме́шище

jest (jests, present participle jesting; past and past participle jested)

  1. To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.
    Surely you jest!
Synonyms Translations Adverb

jest (not comparable)

  1. (AAVE, Southern US) Alternative spelling of just

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