Synonyms for Jest:

n.

a play on words, pun, punch line, wordplay, innuendo. laughingstock, mockery, respect, crack a joke, tell, pull someone's leg, make fun of, butt. ha-ha, funny. act (noun)
joke, jocularity.
crack (noun)
insult.
derision (noun)
mockery, laughingstock.
jest (noun)
gag, funny, wheeze, joke, laugh, ridicule, jocularity, jape, yak, quip.
wit (noun)
wordplay.

v.

banter (verb)
joke, make fun of, taunt.
body (verb)
joke.
communication (verb)
joke.
jest (verb)
gibe, deride, scoff, mock, rag, roast, kid, jeer, sneer, razz.
ridicule (verb)
deride, jeer, roast, gibe, mock, humiliate, sneer, burlesque, quip, ride, mimic, rag, deprecate, taunt, joke, caricature, insult, ridicule, scoff, razz, denigrate, kid.

Other synonyms:

ha-ha. pun, laughingstock. butt. mockery. tell, funny. banter
make fun of, mock.
joke
crack a joke.
ridicule
razz.
Other relevant words:
gag, jape, ha-ha, laughingstock, butt, wheeze, tell, make fun of, mockery, pun, wordplay, yak, funny, jocularity, respect, laugh, innuendo, crack a joke.

Usage examples for jest

  1. I wisht you'd been a boy cousin- I jest do! – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  2. Some of these Poke Stover brought down, " jest to keep his hand in," as he declared. – For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer
  3. He was always turning their serious moments into a jest – The Bad Man by Charles Hanson Towne