Meaning of “jest” in the English Dictionary

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"jest" in British English

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jestnoun

uk /dʒest/ us /dʒest/ formal

[ 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.

jestverb [ I ]

uk /dʒest/ us /dʒest/

to say something intended to be funny:

Would I jest about something so important?

(Definition of “jest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jest" in American English

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jestnoun [ C ]

us /dʒest/

a joke:

We were able to laugh aloud at every jest.
in jest

If you say something in jest, you are not serious about it:

His remarks about the Beatles were in jest.

(Definition of “jest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)