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jest

noun uk   /dʒest/ formal us  
[C] something that is said or done in order to be funny: His proposal was no jest - he was completely sincere. in jest intended as a joke and not said seriously: I only said it in jest - you're obviously not fat.

jest

verb [I] uk   /dʒest/ us  
to say something intended to be funny: Would I jest about something so important?
(Definition of jest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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