joke

[johk]
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noun

verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.

to speak or act in a playful or merry way: He was always joking with us.
to say something in fun or teasing rather than in earnest; be facetious: He didn't really mean it, he was only joking.

verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.

to subject to jokes; make fun of; tease.
to obtain by joking: The comedian joked coins from the audience.

Nearby words

  1. joinvile,
  2. joinville,
  3. joist,
  4. jojoba,
  5. jokai,
  6. jokebook,
  7. joker,
  8. jokester,
  9. jokey,
  10. joking

Origin of joke

First recorded in 1660–70, joke is from the Latin word jocus jest

SYNONYMS FOR joke
1. wisecrack, gag, jape, prank, quip, quirk, sally, raillery. Joke, jest refer to something said (or done) in sport, or to cause amusement. A joke is something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter; it may be raillery, a witty remark, or a prank or trick: to tell a joke. Jest, today a more formal word, nearly always refers to joking language and is more suggestive of scoffing or ridicule than is joke : to speak in jest.

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British Dictionary definitions for joke

joke

noun

a humorous anecdote
something that is said or done for fun; prank
a ridiculous or humorous circumstance
a person or thing inspiring ridicule or amusement; butt
a matter to be joked about or ignored
joking apart seriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking
no joke something very serious

verb

(intr) to tell jokes
(intr) to speak or act facetiously or in fun
to make fun of (someone); tease; kid
Derived Formsjokingly, adverb

Word Origin for joke

C17: from Latin jocus a jest

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Word Origin and History for joke
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Idioms and Phrases with joke

joke

see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.

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