Definition of "jest" []

  • A playful or amusing act; a prank. See Synonyms at joke. (noun)
  • A frolicsome or frivolous mood: spoken in jest. (noun)
  • An object of ridicule; a laughingstock. (noun)
  • A witty remark. (noun)
  • To act or speak playfully. (verb-intransitive)
  • Something done or said for amusement; joke (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A frivolous mood or attitude; playfulness; fun (noun)
  • A jeer or taunt (noun)
  • An object of derision; laughing stock; butt (noun)
  • To act or speak in an amusing, teasing, or frivolous way; joke (verb)
  • To make fun of (a person or thing); scoff or mock (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "jest" in a sentence
  • "Reverting to Baby-Talk nicknames, even in jest, is just another nail in the coffin of this blogs masculinity."
  • "The other thing I say only mildly in jest is that the more you know about the Emmys, the more plugged-in you feel you are, the worse you do in your predictions."
  • "The only way to know if councillor John Dixon was saying in jest would be to ask him."