He could jest, it was said, even in his last moments.
The elderly man had always started out each day by telling a silly jest to his wife.
A few years later it began to be a standing jest that he was great in the sense that a pit is great: the more that is taken from it the greater it grows.
Jacob is normally a kind person, so I think his rude comment was simply made in jest and meant to be funny.
In jest, he stated that Jonathan was merely seeking the best fashion example he could find.
These ice-cutters are a merry race, full of jest and sport, and when I went among them they were wont to invite me to saw pit-fashion with them, I standing underneath.
Tony was not amused at the embarrassing jest made about him.
But in the secret depths of her soul the question whether her engagement to Boris was a jest or an important, binding promise tormented her.
But before he had finished he felt that his jest was unacceptable and had not come off.
He tried several times to join in the conversation, but his remarks were tossed aside each time like a cork thrown out of the water, and he could not jest with them.