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 joking
Contemporary Examples of joking
At first, she thought he was just joking around, but soon, Mulvehill was scaring her, according to the report.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
All joking aside, what was once considered an expensive gimmick is on the verge of going mainstream.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn
October 18, 2014
The best celebrities understood that Rivers' joking wasn't personal, said Kotsiopoulos.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
September 20, 2014
At the end of that sequence, Johnny was joking around and said, “We should just put them to work and retire.”Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'
September 9, 2014
“A few bad shows, a few failures, and I could be sleeping on the street,” she once said, not joking.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of joking
"I think more of the sorrows of Sir Condy," says my master, joking like.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Arthur was not inclined for joking; the affair perplexed him in no ordinary degree.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Joking is undignified; that is why it is so good for one's soul.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Miss G. You're joking,—and I believe, sir, you're not over and above sober.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I was just joking about how you never get over thinking I'm a little boy.Alice Adams
Word Origin for joke
1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.
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."
see all joking aside.
see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.