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jesting +‎ -ly


jestingly (comparative more jestingly, superlative most jestingly)

  1. In jest, jokingly.
    • 1693, Jean Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel [1546], translated by Thomas Urquhart and Pierre Antoine Motteux, Book III, Chapter 14,[1]
      [] she flattered me, tickled me, stroaked me, groped me, frizled me, curled me, kissed me, embraced me, laid her Hands about my Neck, and now and then made jestingly, pretty little Horns above my Forehead: []
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume II, Chapter 10,[2]
      This was spoken jestingly, but it appeared to her so just a picture of Mr. Darcy, that she would not trust herself with an answer; and, therefore, abruptly changing the conversation, talked on indifferent matters till they reached the parsonage.
    • 1827, Charles Lamb, The Wife’s Trial; Or, The Intruding Widow, in The Poetical Works of Charles Lamb, London: Edward Moxon, 3rd edition, 1838, p. 264,[3]
      Were you free to chuse,
      As jestingly I’ll put the supposition,
      Without a thought reflecting on your Katherine,
      What sort of woman would you make your choice?
    • 1918, E. Craigie Melville, “In Camp” in Poems from the Trenches, Somerville, Mass.: The Thistle Press, p. 18,[4]
      Still I shall hate to leave you for the sake of those splendid nights
      When the long, hard day is over and Sergeant has douzed the lights,
      And we lie on those beds of straw that unfortunate Tommies get,
      And jestingly jolly each other as we smoke a last cig’rette;
    • 1961, V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas, Vintage International, 2001, Part Two, Chapter 6,
      They heard her talking normally, even jestingly, with one of the aunts, and they admired her for her courage.