verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.
verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.
Words nearby joke
Origin of joke
SYNONYMS FOR joke
OTHER WORDS FROM joke
Examples from the Web for half-joking
And, quite frankly, “the women were running out,” he said, half-joking.
“We can blame Carrie Bradshaw for this,” says Shaunaq Arora, half-joking; his sigh tinged with the cloudy breath of his Gauloises.
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|Nick Summers|March 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The half-joking quip was reported around the world as if it were a call for divine providence.
The old, half-joking maternal manner was all in earnest now.Sisters|Kathleen Norris
My shipmate spoke with deep feeling, though he had begun in a half-joking vein.Marmaduke Merry|William H. G. Kingston
She had been puzzled at first by his manner of treating everything with a half-joking pessimism, but now ignored it.The Runaway Skyscraper|Murray Leinster
"All correct, sir," said Sonny laughingly, and with a half-joking salute.Air Men o' War|Boyd Cable
She liked Muriel, she decided, but she did not altogether understand her half-cordial, half-joking manner.Marjorie Dean High School Freshman|Pauline Lester
British Dictionary definitions for half-joking (1 of 2)
Derived forms of half-jokinghalf-jokingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for half-joking (2 of 2)
Derived forms of jokejokingly, adverb
Word Origin for joke
Idioms and Phrases with half-joking
see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.