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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.