- a person who jokes.
- one of two extra playing cards in a pack, usually imprinted with the figure of a jester, used in some games as the highest card or as a wild card.
- U.S. Politics. a clause or expression inserted in a legislative bill with the unavowed object of defeating the ostensible purpose of the bill if passed.
- a seemingly minor, unsuspected clause or wording that is put into an agreement, legal document, etc., to change its effect.
- an unexpected or final fact, factor, or condition that changes or reverses a situation or result completely: He gave her a beautiful diamond engagement ring, but the joker was that it was stolen!
- any method, trick, or expedient for getting the better of another: They pulled a joker on us to get better seats.
- Informal. a man; fellow; chap: That joker is earning twice as much as I am.
- a person who thinks he or she is very funny; prankster: Who's the joker who frosted the cake with shaving cream?
- Informal. a wise guy; wiseacre; smart aleck: Tell that joker to stop using my parking space.
Origin of joker
Examples from the Web for joker
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In this narrative, the disgraced former President with his gaudy taste for golden toilets and exotic zoos, is cast as the Joker.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?
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Jack Nicholson was also approached to reprise his role as the Joker.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood
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For guys, The Joker, as immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the Batman flick, was a top choice.
Batman and Joker costumes were selling out—at $275 and $320 a piece.
But what strikes me here is that a joker should not have been satisfied with an ordinary Roman coin.The Book of the Damned
The joker dropped down from the branch almost on top of them.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
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Come to think of it, what had this joker done with his clothes?The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
Albion was "consid'able of a joker," Mr. Peaslee reflected gloomily.
Albion Small, who was "consid'able of a joker," suddenly choked.
- a person who jokes, esp in an obnoxious manner
- slang, often derogatory a personwho does that joker think he is?
- an extra playing card in a pack, which in many card games can substitute for or rank above any other card
- mainly US a clause or phrase inserted in a legislative bill in order to make the bill inoperative or to alter its apparent effect
Word Origin and History for joker
1729, "jester, merry fellow," agent noun from joke (v.). In generic slang use for "any man, fellow, chap" by 1811, which probably is the source of the meaning "odd face card in the deck" (1868). An 1857 edition of Hoyle's "Games" lists a card game called Black Joke in which all face cards were called jokers.
American manufacturers of playing-cards are wont to include a blank card at the top of the pack; and it is, alas! true that some thrifty person suggested that the card should not be wasted. This was the origin of the joker. ["St. James's Gazette," 1894]