Joe Miller

  1. a book of jokes.

  2. an old, familiar joke; chestnut.

Origin of Joe Miller

First recorded in 1780–90; after Joe Miller's Jestbook (1739) by John Mottley Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Joe Miller in a sentence

  • One of them was a Joe Miller jest-book, with the stories from which she used greatly to astonish the family circle.

  • Duck wrote the epitaph for the tombstone over the remains of Joe Miller of mirthful memory.

    Literary Byways | William Andrews
  • It has always seemed to me like one of Mr. Joe Miller's stories put into tedious verse.'

    Some Private Views | James Payn
  • Dictionary (a veritable Richardson, very long ago foretold by Joe Miller), is guilty of the same inconsistency.

  • Joe Miller was a fact, and Modern Research shall not rob us of that conviction!

    The Jest Book | Mark Lemon