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Below you will find the definition of jest, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
EXAMPLES - Jest in a Sentence
- Buddhist priest anecdote in Chinese jest-book, 188. (source)
- "Whar wer ye when ` all hands 'wer called jest now?" (source)
- It was meant in jest and most people take it in jest. (source)
- But it was all in jest, the mayor's loyal aide assured. (source)
- The jest is a long one, extending over more than half the dialogue. (source)
- "Then coins jest disappeared -- took wings and flewed away," declared (source)
- Scaterin levs and bloin of men's hatts; in short, jest "fre as are" out dores. (source)
- The only people who were really in a position to enjoy the jest were the Whigs. (source)
- Wow, it is amazing how one word, spoken in jest, brings out the bigot in people. (source)
- The only way to know if councillor John Dixon was saying in jest would be to ask him. (source)
- And it is a sad thing that people can not take a comment made in jest and laugh at it. (source)
- It is sometimes said, in jest (or half-jest), that football is religion for some people. (source)
- Master Brown owned about 36 or 40 slaves, I can't recall jest now, and about 200 acres of ground. (source)
- He had then suggested in jest, "Sun Pharma should be a good story [to write about] even without Taro." (source)
- Many a true thing said in jest, but we were all thinking it. on April 4, 2010 at 12: 25 pm Stressedoutcop (source)
- I say that in jest, but we did hit on several of the same points and we quote the same Juan Williams 'piece. (source)
- Reverting to Baby-Talk nicknames, even in jest, is just another nail in the coffin of this blogs masculinity. (source)
- All in jest, but two lawyers filed competing motions asking that the judge order them not to use their accents in court. (source)
- But by the time Sancho had applied seven or eight lashes, he felt that the jest was a heavy one, and its price very cheap. (source)
- If she had laughed as though recalling the jest in that scene, it is possible that he would have struck her with his glove. (source)
- Stinespring may have said that in jest, but that statement isn't all that ridiculous considering the role Smith has played in recent weeks. (source)
- Their wits indeed serve them to that sole purpose, to make sport, to break a scurrile jest, which is levissimus ingenii fructus, the froth of wit, as (source)
- Without that context, viewers have no way of knowing that some of the lines clearly were said in jest, and they are instead presented as if Kasich is serious. (source)
- 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. (source)
- I dassent tell 'er name jest now, "he went on, slowly retracing his steps," 'cause I don't want people -- er her either, fer that matter -- to git onter my scheme. (source)
- Page 191 would not have had so beneficial effect on Hope just now as did the unexpected visit of Mr. Fogyman, who thought "he'd call jest to tell Miss Hope good-bye." (source)
- The jest was a blessing, for anything that justified the whole-hearted renunciation of patronage, the dissolution of the sense of obligation, was an avenue to freedom. (source)
- Leave labored analysis to the philosophers, contenting ourselves with remarking that a jest is a laugh candied or frozen in words, and thawed and relished in the reading or utterance. (source)
- Judgment at Bourges and Amiens, and here on the south portal, where the despair of the damned is the evident joy of the artist, if it is not even sometimes a little his jest, which is worse. (source)
- There are, then, jokes he will not make; for the jest is a sort of abuse, and there are things that lawgivers forbid us to abuse; and they should, perhaps, have forbidden us even to make a jest of such. (source)
- Bryan, the "human cloning" quip may be in jest, but it's typical of the wrongheaded thinking about how to "solve" liberal media bias - the value of access to cloning obviously can't be restricted to libertarians. (source)
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt didn't help the company's growing image problem during an interview last week when he said, perhaps in jest, that those concerned with its photographing of streets and homes should "just move." (source)
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt didn't help the company's growing image problem with comments during an interview last week when he said, perhaps in jest, that those concerned with its photographing if streets and homes to "just move." (source)
- Some still call it "northern aggression," half in jest -- and argue that the war was fought because of "states 'rights," but the fact is that the only states 'right over which the South was willing to fight was the right to enslave human beings. (source)
- A sneer or a jest is his reply to the voice of wisdom, as with a light heart he walks in the road to ruin; and thus it happens that for one who becomes a true and noble man, a hundred go astray or sink into an unintelligent and vulgar kind of life. (source)
- [Greek: eusarkos;] ... never seen to be transported with mirth or dejected with sadness; always cheerful, but rarely merry at any sensible rate; seldom heard to break a jest, and when he did, ... apt to blush at the levity of it: his gravity was natural without affectation. (source)
- A short pull sufficed to bring the three boats alongside, and in a few seconds more the crew were congratulating their comrades, with that mingled feeling of deep heartiness, and a disposition to jest, which is characteristic of men who are used to danger, and think lightly of it after it is over. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 72.0, which suggests that "jest" is a fairly easy word that is likely to be understood by a majority of English-speaking individuals.
We have 24 synonyms for jest.
banter, bon mot, crack, fun, funny, gag, game, hoax, jive, jolly, laugh, one-liner, play, pleasantry, prank, quip, rib, rib-tickler, ridicule, sally, spoof, sport, wisecrack, witticism
We have 1 antonym for jest.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of jest from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) 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.
- (verb-intransitive) To act or speak playfully.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
- (noun) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
- (verb) To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A deed; an action; a gest.
- (noun) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
- (verb-intransitive) To take part in a merrymaking; -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) An act; deed; achievement; exploit; gest. See gest, n.
- (noun) A tale of achievement or adventure; a story; romance. See gest, n., 2.
- (noun) A mask; masquerade; pageant.
- (noun) A spoken pleasantry; a laughable or intentionally ludicrous saying; a witticism; a joke; a sally.
- (noun) An acted pleasantry; a, jocular or playful action; something done to make sport or cause laughter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
- (verb) act in a funny or teasing way
- (verb) tell a joke; speak humorously
- (noun) activity characterized by good humor