Jest

Definition of Jest

Pronunciation: jĕst
n.1.
1.A deed; an action; a gest.
The jests or actions of princes.
- Sir T. Elyot.
2.A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
He promised us, in honor of our guest,
To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
- Kyd.
3.Something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase. See Synonyms under Jest, v. i.
I must be sad . . . smile at no man's jests.
- Shak.
The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
- Sheridan.
4.The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
Then let me be your jest; I deserve it.
- Shak.
In jest
for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.
And given in earnest what I begged in jest.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To take part in a merrymaking; - especially, to act in a mask or interlude.
2.To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
- Shak.

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