verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.
verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.
Origin of joke
Examples from the Web for joking
At first, she thought he was just joking around, but soon, Mulvehill was scaring her, according to the report.
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|Aurora Snow|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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'|Marlow Stern|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“A few bad shows, a few failures, and I could be sleeping on the street,” she once said, not joking.
She looked at me with surprise, doubtless wondering if I was not joking.Child of a Century, Complete|Alfred de Musset
For a moment she was under an impression that she had not heard Nelson aright, or else that he was joking.Peggy Raymond's Way|Harriet Lummis Smith
Not that I think the professional mover expects to be addressed in a joking mood.Suburban Sketches|William Dean Howells
There were women, children, old men, all joking there on the very spot where a man had just expired in the most supreme agony.My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
But, joking aside, he does not know and you can scarcely guess the full companionship of my pipe these days.The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance|Paul Elmer More
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.