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English noun: jest

1. jest (communication) a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsgag, jape, joke, laugh

Broader (hypernym)humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Narrower (hyponym)belly laugh, blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story, ethnic joke, funny, funny remark, funny story, good story, howler, in-joke, one-liner, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, thigh-slapper, visual joke, wow

Part holonymgag line, laugh line, punch line, tag line

2. jest (act) activity characterized by good humor

Synonymsjocularity, joke

Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)drollery, leg-pull, leg-pulling, pleasantry, waggery

English verb: jest

1. jest (communication) tell a joke; speak humorously

SamplesHe often jokes even when he appears serious.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)arse around, fool, fool around, gag, horse around, pun, quip

2. jest (body) act in a funny or teasing way


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

Narrower (hyponym)antic, clown, clown around

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