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1. jest

noun. ['ˈdʒɛst'] a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter.

Synonyms

  • humour
  • wittiness
  • ethnic joke
  • good story
  • in-joke
  • sight gag
  • visual joke
  • laugh line
  • sidesplitter
  • funny story
  • howler
  • gag line
  • wit
  • belly laugh
  • scream
  • funny remark
  • funny
  • humor
  • tag line
  • thigh-slapper
  • shaggy dog story
  • joke
  • witticism
  • jape
  • sick joke
  • gag
  • dirty joke
  • blue story
  • one-liner
  • punch line
  • wow
  • dirty story
  • blue joke
  • riot

Antonyms

  • humorless
  • unquestionable
  • well
  • louden

Etymology

  • geste (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • geste (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Jest

  • self-professed
  • transgressed
  • unimpressed
  • telequest
  • stateswest
  • intrawest
  • eastern-west
  • dispossessed
  • unaddressed
  • telewest
  • repossessed
  • reinvest
  • progressed
  • northwest
  • indigest
  • expressed
  • distressed
  • compressed
  • undressed
  • sylvest
  • suppressed
  • suggest
  • southwest
  • request
  • repressed
  • reassessed
  • protest
  • professed
  • penwest
  • norwest

Sentences with jest


1. Noun, singular or mass
Avoid statements that draw attention to physical or intellectual shortcomings, even in jest.

Quotes about jest


1. Stephen kissed me in the spring,Robin in the fall,But Colin only looked at meAnd never kissed at all.Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,Robin’s lost in play,But the kiss in Colin’s eyesHaunts me night and day.
- Sara Teasdale, The Collected Poems

2. But fate, as Merlin always taught us, is inexorable. Life is a jest of the Gods, Merlin liked to claim, and there is no justice. You must learn to laugh, he once told me, or else you'll just weep yourself to death.
- Bernard Cornwell, The Winter King

3. The ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. If there is not some compensation hereafter, then the world is a cruel jest.
- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

2. jest

verb. ['ˈdʒɛst'] tell a joke; speak humorously.

Synonyms

  • gag
  • quip
  • fool around
  • arse around
  • communicate
  • fool
  • joke
  • pun
  • intercommunicate

Antonyms

  • inactivity
  • behave
  • discontinue
  • refrain

Etymology

  • geste (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • geste (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. jest

verb. ['ˈdʒɛst'] act in a funny or teasing way.

Synonyms

  • act
  • clown
  • antic
  • behave
  • do
  • joke

Antonyms

  • untie
  • order
  • work
  • excommunicate

Etymology

  • geste (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • geste (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. jest

noun. ['ˈdʒɛst'] activity characterized by good humor.

Synonyms

  • jocularity
  • drollery
  • recreation
  • diversion
  • waggery
  • leg-pulling
  • leg-pull
  • joke

Antonyms

  • good humor
  • ill humor
  • stupidity
  • whisper

Etymology

  • geste (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • geste (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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