But though seeing the danger, the mob did not think of running away; it tried to turn it by jesting with the soldiers.
What is it that Shakespeare says about jesting at scars because you never felt a wound?
And were not trusting lovers and all too-confiding husbands the legitimate butt of all jesting?
Nora was laughing and jesting with one of the English tennis players.
At another time he would have knocked my head off, but now my jesting affected him no more than a sermon.
When he had finished, the interpreter explained that he said Johnny was jesting with him.
And what are you, pray, who can openly abuse a young man for the crime of talking and jesting with his cousin?
Therefore, if you are jesting with me, I beg you to pass on in peace.'
We are jesting, but, as an Ulster Orangeman would say, “it is in good Protestant earnest.”
If you were jesting in what you said, say so, sir, and we can shake hands.
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.