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JEST, n. [L. gestio.]

1. A joke; something ludicrous uttered and meant only to excite laughter. Religion should never be the subject of jest.

2. The object of laughter or sport; a laughing stock.

Then let me be your jest, I deserve it.

In jest, for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.

--And given in earnest what I begged in jest.

3. A mask.

4. A deed; an action.



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JEST, n. [L. gestio.]

1. A joke; something ludicrous uttered and meant only to excite laughter. Religion should never be the subject of jest.

2. The object of laughter or sport; a laughing stock.

Then let me be your jest, I deserve it.

In jest, for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.

--And given in earnest what I begged in jest.

3. A mask.

4. A deed; an action.

JEST, n. [Sp. and Port. chiste, a witty saying, a jest or joke; chistoso, gay, facetious; allied perhaps to L. gestio.]

  1. A joke; something ludicrous uttered and meant only to excite laughter. Religion should never be the subject of jest.
  2. The object of laughter or sport; a laughing-stock. Then let me be your jest, I deserve it. – Shak. In jest, for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest. And given in earnest what I begged in jest. – Shak.
  3. A mask.
  4. A deed; an action. [Obs.]

JEST, v.i.

  1. To divert or make merry by words or actions; to joke. Jest not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced. – Eccles.
  2. To utter in sport; to say what is not true, merely for diversion.
  3. To play a part in a mask. – Shak.

Jest
  1. A deed; an action; a gest.

    [Obs.]

    The jests or actions of princes. Sir T. Elyot.

  2. To take part in a merrymaking] -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  3. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.

    [Obs.] Nares.

    He promised us, in honor of our guest,
    To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
    Kyd.

  4. To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.

    He jests at scars that never felt a wound. Shak.

    Syn. -- To joke; sport; rally. -- To Jest, Joke. One jests in order to make others laugh; one jokes to please himself. A jest is usually at the expense of another, and is often ill-natured; a joke is a sportive sally designed to promote good humor without wounding the feelings of its object. "Jests are, therefore, seldom harmless; jokes frequently allowable. The most serious subject may be degraded by being turned into a jest." Crabb.

  5. 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.

    I must be sad . . . smile at no man's jests. Shak.

    The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts. Sheridan.

  6. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.

    Then let me be your jest; I deserve it. Shak.

    In jest, for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.

    And given in earnest what I begged in jest. Shak.

    -- Jest book, a book containing a collection of jests, jokes, and amusing anecdotes; a Joe Miller.

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Jest

JEST, noun [Latin gestio.]

1. A joke; something ludicrous uttered and meant only to excite laughter. Religion should never be the subject of jest

2. The object of laughter or sport; a laughing stock.

Then let me be your jest I deserve it.

In jest for mere sport or diversion; not in truth and reality; not in earnest.

--And given in earnest what I begged in jest

3. A mask.

4. A deed; an action.

JEST', verb intransitive To divert or make merry by words or actions; to joke.

JEST not with a rude man, lest thy ancestors be disgraced.

1. To utter in sport; to say what is not true, merely for diversion.

2. To play a part in a mask.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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