verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.
verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.
Origin of joke
Examples from the Web for 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|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Alex Chancey|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Have you heard the joke by Iraqi Kurds about ISIS fighters milking male goats?
He burst into a paroxysm of self-applausive mirth over his joke, in which a couple of satellites near at hand joined.Little Miss Grouch|Samuel Hopkins Adams
"He's bes' joke yet," Strong remarked through Rex's fingers.A Good Samaritan|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Cigarette laughed saucily and heartily, tickled at the joke.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
Lincoln was especially fond of a joke at the expense of some high military or civil dignitary.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
Once, by way of a joke, young Sia put a small snake into a parcel, which he gave her and told her to open.The Chinese Fairy Book|Various
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.