jest

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From Middle English geste (idle tale), from Old French geste (acts, exploits), from Latin gesta (acts, deeds). Compare gest, gesture.

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jest (plural jests)

  1. (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
    • Sheridan
      The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
  2. (archaic) Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
    Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the jest of the court.
    • Shakespeare
      Then let me be your jest; I deserve it.
  3. (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
    • Sir T. Elyot
      the jests or actions of princes
  4. (obsolete) A mask; a pageant; an interlude.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)
    • Kyd
      He promised us, in honour of our guest, / To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.

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jest (third-person singular simple present jests, present participle jesting, simple past and past participle jested)

  1. To tell a joke; to talk in a playful manner; to make fun of something or someone.
    Surely you jest!

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Polish[edit]

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jest

  1. third-person singular present indicative of być; is
    Ona jest ładna
    She's pretty
    Agnieszka jest studentką
    Agnieszka is a student.
  2. (mathematics) is, equals (see also wynosi)
    dwa plus dwa jest cztery
    Two plus two is four