But though seeing the danger, the mob did not think of running away; it tried to turn it by jesting with the soldiers.
She knew that this jesting choice would have serious import.
And were not trusting lovers and all too-confiding husbands the legitimate butt of all jesting?
Daisy laughed gayly at recollection of the London woman's jesting.
At another time he would have knocked my head off, but now my jesting affected him no more than a sermon.
Some of his readers complain that they often do not know whether he is serious or jesting.
And what are you, pray, who can openly abuse a young man for the crime of talking and jesting with his cousin?
"Undoubtedly,—'t is a jesting matter," he answered with terrible irony.
We are jesting, but, as an Ulster Orangeman would say, “it is in good Protestant earnest.”
You are jesting, uncle, she replied, but her heart was heavy already.
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.