Origin of joker
Related Words for jokerfool, trickster, stooge, wag, jokester, clown, jester, wit, comedian, actor, buffoon, comic, humorist, card, prankster, punster, banana, droll, farceur, quipster
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Contemporary Examples of joker
The series also reversed a long trend that saw the character paralyzed by the Joker and confined to a wheelchair for a decade.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
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
November 20, 2013
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.
Historical Examples of joker
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
Charles Henry Lerrigo
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.
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]