jest (plural jests)
- (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.
- (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.
- (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
- the jests or actions of princes
- (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
- He promised us, in honour of our guest, / To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
- Italian: scherzo, barzelletta, battuta, celia, arguzia, facezia
- Portuguese: gracejo, piada
- Russian: насме́шка
- Spanish: broma, chiste
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jest (not comparable)
- (AAVE, Southern US) Alternative spelling of just