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.
playfulness, wheeze, jocundity, caper, wit, antic, pleasantry, jocularity, yak, prank, jape, laughingstock, trick, put-on, witticism, fun, raillery, waggery, ha-ha, butt, banter, muzzle, drollery, waggishness, laugh, respect, jocosity, facetiousness, funny, mockery, laughter, gag, humor
ridicule (part of speech: verb)
- Jest how old do you think I am? - "The Desert of Wheat", Zane Grey.
- Certainly many a true word is spoken in jest! - "'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany", Gerald Featherstone Knight.
- Having given up hope, some of us reached a point where we could view the whole affair as a jest. - "The Boss of Little Arcady", Harry Leon Wilson.