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Definition 1: activity characterized by good humor - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for jest in the sense of this definition

(jest is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

(... is a kind of jest ) a quaint and amusing jest

(... is a kind of jest ) as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true

(... is a kind of jest ) an agreeable or amusing remark

"they exchange pleasantries"

Definition 2: a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where jest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he told a very funny joke
  • he knows a million gags
  • thanks for the laugh
  • he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest
  • even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point

Synonyms for jest in the sense of this definition

(jest is a kind of ...) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

(... is a kind of jest ) a joke in bad taste

(... is a kind of jest ) a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness

(... is a kind of jest ) a one-line joke

(... is a kind of jest ) a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people

(... is a kind of jest ) an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)

"she told a funny story" "she made a funny"

(... is a kind of jest ) a joke at the expense of some ethnic group

(... is a kind of jest ) an indelicate joke

(... is a kind of jest ) a joke that seems extremely funny

(... is a kind of jest ) a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)

(jest is a part of ...) the point of a joke or humorous story

Definition 3: act in a funny or teasing way - [verb of body]

Synonyms for jest in the sense of this definition

(jest is a kind of ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

(... is a kind of jest ) act as or like a clown

Definition 4: tell a joke; speak humorously - [verb of communication]

Samples where jest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He often jokes even when he appears serious

Synonyms for jest in the sense of this definition

(jest is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of jest ) make jokes or quips

"The students were gagging during dinner"

(... is a kind of jest ) indulge in horseplay

"Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!" "The bored children were fooling about"

(... is a kind of jest ) make a play on words

"Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"

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