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Jest, vb. 1) to make merry by words or actions, to joke: Ven. 106. Tp. III, 2, 52. Wiv. IV, 2, 108. Err. I, 2, 62. II, 2, 65. Ado III, 2, 60. LLL V, 2, 477. LLL V, 2, 477 Shr. I, 1, 231. Alls I, 2, 33. Tw. II, 5, 24. H4A V, 3, 57. j. on == continue to jest: H6C III, 2, 116. R3 III, 2, 77. With at: “j. at every offer,” Pilgr. 54. “at my exile,” Pilgr. 54 Ado V, 1, 58. Rom. II, 2, 1. With on: “your sauciness will j. upon my love,” Err. II, 2, 28 (== to play, to trifle with my love). “he must observe their mood on whom he --s,” Tw. III, 1, 69. cf. “to break a jest upon the company,” Shr. IV, 5, 72. With to: “I j. to Oberon and make him smile,” Mids. II, 1, 44. With with: “great men may j. with saints,” Meas. II, 2, 127. Err. II, 2, 8. Err. II, 2, 8
2) to act or speak in sport, not to be in earnest: “no, sweet Death, I did but j.” Ven. 997. Meas. IV, 3, 52. Err. II, 2, 23. Ado V, 1, 147. LLL V, 2, 66. Mids. III, 2, 265. Shr. II, 19. IV, 2, 48. John III, 1, 16. R2 I, 3, 95 (as jocund as to j., == as if I were going to a mock-fight). Troil. I, 2, 224. Tit. II, 3, 253. Rom. III, 5, 191. Hml. III, 2, 244. Followed by with: “with maids to j., tongue far from heart,” Meas. I, 4, 32. Shr. II, 20. John III, 1, 242. H6C III, 2, 91. Cor. I, 3, 103.
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