It may have been said in jest, but a legion of Hollywood actresses would have nodded ruefully in unison.
I told Jackman—only half in jest—that he was a combination of Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, and Rosalind Russell.
A spoilsport at Clarence House later said the royal couple had no firm plans to enter the race, adding: "It was said in jest."
After a while, he began to jest that there were snipers across the street trying to get him.
But he tells me the line was “said in jest” and that “there is no clue there.”
I gin these to marm, jest as she was a setting down to breakfast.
And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!
Come, come, all this was in jest: now let's to't in earnest—I mean with our teeth, and try who's the best trencher-man.
Perhaps, after all, I might have the brains to jest and toss about words and shoot off epigrams.
But Colden, suspecting that his jest was truth rather, had too much delicacy to pursue the subject.
early 13c., geste, "narrative of exploits," from Old French geste "action, exploit," from Latin gesta "deeds," neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere "to carry, behave, act, perform" (see gest). Sense descended through "idle tale" (late 15c.) to "mocking speech, raillery" (1540s) to "joke" (1550s).
1520s, "to speak in a trifling manner;" 1550s, "to joke," from Middle English gesten "recite a tale" (late 14c.), from geste (see jest (n.)). Sense of "to speak in a trifling manner" is from 1520s. Related: Jested; jesting.