jest

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See also: Jëst and jesť

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: jĕst, IPA(key): /dʒɛst/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛst

Noun[edit]

jest (plural jests)

  1. (archaic) An act performed for amusement; a joke.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sheridan and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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.
  3. (obsolete) A deed; an action; a gest.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir T. Elyot and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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?)
    • (Can we date this quote by Kyd and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      He promised us, in honour of our guest, / To grace our banquet with some pompous jest.
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Verb[edit]

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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Etymology 2[edit]

Eye dialect spelling of just..

Adverb[edit]

jest (not comparable)

  1. (African-American Vernacular, Southern US) Alternative spelling of just

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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From Old Norse jǫstr, from Proto-Germanic *jestuz, whence English yeast.

Noun[edit]

jest m (definite singular jesten, indefinite plural jester, definite plural jestene)

  1. yeast
    Synonym: gjær

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse jǫstr, from Proto-Germanic *jestuz, whence also English yeast. Doublet of jester.

Noun[edit]

jest m (definite singular jesten, indefinite plural jestar, definite plural jestane)

  1. yeast
    Synonym: gjær

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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.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Verb[edit]

jest (Cyrillic spelling јест)

  1. third-person singular present of bȉti