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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

Etymologies

Middle English geste, tale, from Old French, from Latin gesta, deeds, from neuter pl. past participle of gerere, to perform.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English geste ("idle tale"), from Old French geste ("acts, exploits"), from Latin gesta ("acts, deeds") (Wiktionary)

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