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For fun; as a joke; without sincerity. I know your remarks were only in jest, but they still hurt my feelings.
there's many a true word spoken in jest
The things that one jokes about may in fact be true or become true. She might sound happy, but I'm not convinced—there's many a true word spoken in jest.
jest about someone or something
to make jokes about someone or something. There is no need to jest about Lady Bracknell. I wish you would not jest about that.
jest at someone or something
to make fun of someone or something. Please don't jest at my cousin. Is someone jesting at my hairdo?
jest with someone
to joke with someone; to try to fool someone. Surely you are jesting with me. Don't jest with me!
Many a true word is spoken in jest.and There's many a true word spoken in jest.
Prov. Just because something is said as a joke, it can still be true. Fred: Why did you make a joke about my being stingy? Do you really think I'm cheap? Ellen: Of course not, don't be silly. It was just a joke. Fred: But many a true word is spoken in jest.