Definition of jest verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

jest

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verb
BrE BrE//dʒest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒest//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jest
BrE BrE//dʒest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒest//
 
he / she / it jests
BrE BrE//dʒests//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒests//
 
past simple jested
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestɪd//
 
past participle jested
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestɪd//
 
-ing form jesting
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] jest (about something) | + speech (formal or humorous) to say things that are not serious or true, especially in order to make somebody laugh synonym joke Would I jest about such a thing? Word Origin late Middle English: from earlier gest, from Old French geste, from Latin gesta ‘actions, exploits’, from gerere ‘do’. The original sense was ‘exploit, heroic deed’, hence ‘a narrative of such deeds’ (originally in verse); later the term denoted an idle tale, hence a joke (mid 16th cent.).
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