Pronunciation: ( jest),[key] —n. 1. a joke or witty remark; witticism.
2. a bantering remark; a piece of good-natured ridicule; taunt.
3. sport or fun: to speak half in jest, half in earnest. 4. the object of laughter, sport, or mockery; laughing-stock.
5. Obs.an exploit. Cf. gest.
—v.i. 1. to speak in a playful, humorous, or facetious way; joke.
2. to speak or act in mere sport, rather than in earnest; trifle (often fol. by with): Please don't jest with me. 3. to utter derisive speeches; gibe or scoff.