1. said, done, or acting in a seemingly jokey manner, but with some serious intent

Derived forms of half-joking

  • half-jokingly, adverb

Words Nearby half-joking

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How to use half-joking in a sentence

  • Later, I think, he regretted this, and made some half-joking overtures to have his letters returned.

    The Dragon's Secret | Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • She spoke in a half joking tone, but I feel sure that were I to write word I had found one desirable, it would give her pleasure.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • One can imagine him laughing in his delightful hearty way, half joking, half caressing.

    Castle Rackrent | Maria Edgeworth
  • "All correct, sir," said Sonny laughingly, and with a half-joking salute.

    Air Men o' War | Boyd Cable
  • "Quite so," answered the other in his careless, half-joking style.