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 joke
Contemporary Examples of joke
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
Within a concentration camp, would someone make a joke about the number, the tattooed number?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Anyone willing to threaten war over a joke is clearly not playing with a full deck.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Fortunately, Martin was a good sport about the game, even if there was a joke about the Red Wedding.Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’
October 29, 2014
Have you heard the joke by Iraqi Kurds about ISIS fighters milking male goats?Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of joke
As it can be "no joke" to them, perhaps it should be no joke to us: though, on reflection, we are not so very like.
At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
"It was no tiger at all—that was the joke of the thing," said the major.Weighed and Wanting
Then he seemed to consider it best to treat my natural disappointment as a joke.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Sit it, you mean," said young Bartlett, laughing with the others at his own joke.In the Midst of Alarms
Word Origin for joke
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."
1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.
see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.