- something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
- something that is amusing or ridiculous, especially because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce: Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke.
- a matter that need not be taken very seriously; trifling matter: The loss was no joke.
- something that does not present the expected challenge; something very easy: The test was a joke for the whole class.
- practical joke.
- to speak or act in a playful or merry way: He was always joking with us.
- to say something in fun or teasing rather than in earnest; be facetious: He didn't really mean it, he was only joking.
- to subject to jokes; make fun of; tease.
- to obtain by joking: The comedian joked coins from the audience.
Origin of joke
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Examples from the Web for jokingly
I jokingly asked him how he got the award: “Did you dress up like Lady Gaga in Damascus?”How Aasif Mandvi Became Jon Stewart’s Favorite Jihadi
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As al-Baghdadi was released, he jokingly told one of these commanders that he would see him in New York.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
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De Blasio then jokingly imagined aloud a news item; “Bill De Blasio named a library book today as police commissioner.”Can Bill Bratton Solve De Blasio’s NYPD Dilemma?
December 5, 2013
Bloomberg then topped it all off by jokingly suggesting that Central Park could be named after him.New York City Mayoral Race Looks Wonderfully Like Democracy at Its Best
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Well, Winfrey (jokingly) revealed to Jimmy Kimmel that she really may have such a disorder.Oprah Winfrey’s Fabulous ‘Butler’ Press Tour: The Best Moments (VIDEO)
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"You're being shadowed by the police," said the other, jokingly.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Brown decided that Atkins was, as he had jokingly called him, a man with a past.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Later on he said jokingly that she was the best man of them all.Lord Jim
Rigerboos asked her, jokingly, if the girls were at the casino.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
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"I would rather it shook its back than mine," said I jokingly.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
- a humorous anecdote
- something that is said or done for fun; prank
- a ridiculous or humorous circumstance
- a person or thing inspiring ridicule or amusement; butt
- a matter to be joked about or ignored
- joking apart seriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking
- no joke something very serious
- (intr) to tell jokes
- (intr) to speak or act facetiously or in fun
- to make fun of (someone); tease; kid
Word Origin and History for jokingly
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."
Idioms and Phrases with jokingly
see crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.