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Definition of jest:

  1. A deed; an action; a gest.
  2. A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
  3. 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.
  4. The object of laughter or sport; a laughingstock.
  5. To make merriment by words or actions; to joke; to make light of anything.
  6. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
  7. To take part in a merrymaking; - especially, to act in a mask or interlude.

Synonyms:

witticism, jocularity, antic, joke, waggishness, respect, pleasantry, muzzle, drollery, put-on, gag, prank, trick, waggery, laughingstock, yak, raillery, jocosity, ha-ha, funny, playfulness, banter, mockery, caper, fun, facetiousness, butt, wit, wheeze, laughter, jocundity, jape, humor, laugh.

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