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

     

    joust

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dʒaʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒaʊst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they joust
    BrE BrE//dʒaʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒaʊst//
     
    he / she / it jousts
    BrE BrE//dʒaʊsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒaʊsts//
     
    past simple jousted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒaʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒaʊstɪd//
     
    past participle jousted
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒaʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒaʊstɪd//
     
    -ing form jousting
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒaʊstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒaʊstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to fight on horses using a long stick (= a lance) to try to knock the other person off their horse, especially as part of a formal contest in the past
  2. 2[intransitive] (formal) to argue with somebody, especially as part of a formal or public debate
  3. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘join battle, engage’): from Old French jouster ‘bring together’, based on Latin juxta ‘near’.

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