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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jest at subject to laughter or ridicule "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house","The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher","His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”


In literature:

At the height the strange jest of the horns reigns supreme.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
I was jesting, or at least did not think what I was asking, a moment ago, but now I am in real earnest.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
At the time, his mingling of jest and earnest was misunderstood even by friends.
"The Life of John Ruskin" by W. G. Collingwood
Somewhat seemed to have amused him mightily, and his eyes brimmed with a jest as he looked at me.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
How wickedly Mother Nature jested at man's expense, after all!
"The Lady With The Dog and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
To Lady Lucy he never spoke of Oliver's opinions, except in a half-jesting way; to other people he did not speak of them at all.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But the old squaw she jest kept on a-jabberin' an' pintin' at the west.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Her eyes spied all about, and seemed quite tiny and piercing as she looked up at him, and laughed and jested.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
Jest sat there, lookin at me.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It is the excellent jest at the expense of me.
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
Jest ter be a good feller I bought ten tickets, at one bean per ticket.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
The only way to look at the thing was as a kind of grim jest.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The Dane laughed a little also, as at a jest; though one could tell that Beorn rather meant insult.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
His jest at the expense of Sir Walter Raleigh, then in the Tower, is the jest of an ungenerous worldling.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
And now of all times to jest when the foe is at our doors.
"The Sign Of The Red Cross" by Evelyn Everett-Green
At this all the jesting-wags burst out into a laughter.
"The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682)" by A. Marsh
But the people had been as heavily visited as at Nismes, and were in no mood for jesting.
"Jacques Bonneval" by Anne Manning
It is not courtesy to jest at men older than you.
"Whosoever Shall Offend" by F. Marion Crawford
He jest come for his beast that he left with us four days ago, and mounted there at the door and was off like a shot.
"Elsie's Womanhood" by Martha Finley
Gertrude ran lightly in with a laugh and jest, Elsie following close at her heels.
"Elsie's children" by Martha Finley

In poetry:

When times are bad an' folks are sad
An' gloomy day by day,
Jest try your best at lookin' glad
An' whistle 'em away.
"Just Whistle" by Frank Lebby Stanton
Tired of games and idle jest,
As swept the hours along,
They called on one who mused at times,
"Come pard, give us a song."
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
My son was killed while laughing at some jest, I would
I knew
What it was and it might serve me in a time when jests
are few.
"A Son" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Nun! the Nun! and his cheek grew pale,
But I know you are jesting now;
The dead are at rest and their wand'rings past,
And he press'd his livid brow !
"The Perjured Nun" by Anne Bannerman
A man renown’d for repartee
Will seldom scruple to make free
With friendship’s finest feeling,
Will thrust a dagger at your breast,
And say he wounded you in jest,
By way of balm for healing.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
To the knight, Sir Delorges, in tone of jest,
Then speaks young Cunigund fair;
"Sir Knight, if the love that thou feel'st in thy breast
Is as warm as thou'rt wont at each moment to swear,
Pick up, I pray thee, the glove that lies there!"
"The Glove - A Tale" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

The curators who organized "Infinite Jest," the survey of caricature and satire from Leonardo da Vinci to David Levine currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, had a nifty idea.
"Beau Jest " at Cite des Arts.
Comment only a jest , other issues to look at.
'Jackass' trio to jest at Paramount, MTV.
Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jest prepares to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
" Beau Jest" at Cite des Arts.
He yelled at Bell and Bryan Thomas when they attempted to speak to the media, but Scott said the boycott was "in jest," eventually speaking with reporters.
At 77, Clark is one busy lady and her words are in jest: She loves being part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Reading David Foster Wallace's latest novel, "Infinite Jest," I couldn't help thinking at times about 7-year-old Seymour Glass's book-length "letter" home from camp, published in The New Yorker in 1965 as "Hapworth 16, 1924".