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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jest
  1. A deed; an action; a gest.(Obs)"The jests or actions of princes." [Sir T. Elyot.]
  2. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.(Obs)"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.]

Etymology: OE. jeste geste, deed, action, story, tale, OF. geste, LL. gesta, orig., exploits, neut. pl. from L. gestus, p. p. of gerere to bear, carry, accomplish, perform; perh. orig., to make to come, bring, and perh. akin to E. come. Cf. Gest a deed, Register (n.)

verb Jest
  1. To take part in a merrymaking; -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude.(Obs)
  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.]
    synonyms: To joke; sport; rally.

Usage: To Jest Joke. One jests in order to make others laugh; one jokes to please himself. A jest is usually at the expense of another, and is often ill-natured; a joke is a sportive sally designed to promote good humor without wounding the feelings of its object. “ Jests are, therefore, seldom harmless; jokes frequently allowable. The most serious subject may be degraded by being turned into a jest.”

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  1. Activity characterized by good humor
  2. A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter ("he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest")
  3. Act in a funny or teasing way
  4. Tell a joke; speak humorously

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

  1. (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
  2. (archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
    Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the of the court.
  3. (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
  4. (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.

Eye dialect spelling of just. This spelling is used for both AAVE and Southern US English.

    jest was also found in the following language(s): Polish

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    Fun Facts about the name Jest

    • When was the first name Jest first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Jest is Friday, November 2nd, 1906.
    • How unique is the name Jest? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Jest. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    Past life for Jest born Oct 5, 2009

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern England approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

    You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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