Definition of many a true word is spoken in jest in English:

many a true word is spoken in jest

phrase

proverb
  • A humorous remark not intended to be taken seriously may turn out to be accurate after all.

    • ‘As an old saying goes: many a true word is spoken in jest.’
    • ‘I'm joking, but you know, many a true word is spoken in jest, so in some ways it's true, at least with regard to today's scene.’
    • ‘There was a time when nobody had heard that the grass was greener on the other side, when no-one scoffed at the thought of a paper tiger, and when none had heard that many a true word is spoken in jest.’
    • ‘Remember: many a true word is spoken in jest.’
    • ‘The trouble is, many a true word is spoken in jest, and right now we seem to be somewhere between stages 1 and 2.’
    • ‘This piece hits the nail on the head and proves that many a true word is spoken in jest.’
    • ‘Whether it was by jest, or not many a true word is spoken in jest and often people get upset precisely for that reason.’
    • ‘And as we all know, many a true word is spoken in jest.’
    • ‘Well, many a true word is spoken in jest.’