From Middle English yest, yeest, gest, gist, from Old English ġist, ġyst, from Proto-West Germanic *jestu, from Proto-Germanic *jestuz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Jääst, West Frisian gêst, gist, Dutch gist, German Low German Gest, German Gischt, Swedish jäst, Norwegian jest, Icelandic jöstur.
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