verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.
verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.
Origin of joke
Synonyms for joke
Examples from the Web for half-joking
Contemporary Examples of half-joking
And, quite frankly, “the women were running out,” he said, half-joking.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
“We can blame Carrie Bradshaw for this,” says Shaunaq Arora, half-joking; his sigh tinged with the cloudy breath of his Gauloises.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
October 23, 2014
Detroiters, now erecting a Robocop statue as a half-joking, half-serious morale boost, may want to consider bronzing Mulally next.The CEO Hail Mary: A Scorecard on Corporate Change Agents
March 1, 2011
The half-joking quip was reported around the world as if it were a call for divine providence.Inside Holbrooke's War With the White House
The Daily Beast
January 14, 2011
Historical Examples of half-joking
"I do not try to alter yours," I remember he said once, in his half-joking way.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
The old, half-joking maternal manner was all in earnest now.Sisters
"All correct, sir," said Sonny laughingly, and with a half-joking salute.Air Men o' War
"Quite so," answered the other in his careless, half-joking style.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty
J. W. de Forest
I rather like the half-joking way you do your kindest things.The Place Beyond the Winds
Harriet T. Comstock
Word Origin for joke
1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.
1660s, joque, "a jest, something done to excite laughter," from Latin iocus "joke, sport, pastime," from PIE root *yek- "to speak" (cf. Breton iez "language," Old High German jehan "to say," German Beichte "confession").
Originally a colloquial or slang word. Meaning "something not to be taken seriously" is 1791. Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804 (earlier handicraft joke, 1741). Black joke is old slang for "smutty song" (1730s), from use of that phrase in the refrain of a then-popular song as a euphemism for "the monosyllable."
see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.