from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A playful or amusing act; a prank. See Synonyms at joke.
- n. A frolicsome or frivolous mood: spoken in jest.
- n. An object of ridicule; a laughingstock.
- n. A witty remark.
- intransitive v. To act or speak playfully.
- intransitive v. To make witty remarks.
- intransitive v. To utter scoffs; gibe.
- transitive v. To make fun of; ridicule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act performed for amusement; a joke.
- n. Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
- v. 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
- n. A deed; an action; a gest.
- n. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
- n. 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.
- n. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
- intransitive v. To take part in a merrymaking; -- especially, to act in a mask or interlude.
- intransitive v. To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An act; deed; achievement; exploit; gest. See gest, n.
- n. A tale of achievement or adventure; a story; romance. See gest, n., 2.
- n. A mask; masquerade; pageant.
- n. A spoken pleasantry; a laughable or intentionally ludicrous saying; a witticism; a joke; a sally.
- n. An acted pleasantry; a, jocular or playful action; something done to make sport or cause laughter.
- n. The object of laughter, sport, or mockery; a laughing-stock.
- n. Synonyms Jest, Joke; quip, quirk, witticism, sally. A joke is often rougher or less delicate than a jest, as a practical joke, but jest often suggests more of lightness or scoffing than joke, as to turn everything into jest. Joke is the word to be used where action is implied; jest is generally applied to something said.
- To tell stories or romances. See gest, verb
- I can not geste, rum, raf, ruf, by letter
- To trifle (with); amuse or entertain by words or actions; treat as trifling.
- To say or do something intended to amuse or cause laughter.
- To take part in a mask or sport; engage in mock combat; just.
- To utter in jest or sport.
- To apply a jest to; joke with; banter; rally.
- A common dialectal form of just.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
- v. act in a funny or teasing way
- v. tell a joke; speak humorously
- n. activity characterized by good humor
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.
The day before, Francis Maude described Danny Alexander as to his right – OK, half in jest – but he is backed up by Michael Gove who is also telling anyone who will listen that Alexander is the most right wing member of the cabinet.
The column was written in jest for the Hollywood crowd.
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.
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."
But it was all in jest, the mayor's loyal aide assured.
It was meant in jest and most people take it in jest.
Wow, it is amazing how one word, spoken in jest, brings out the bigot in people.