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 jokingly
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 16, 2014
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
September 11, 2014
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
September 10, 2013
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)
August 17, 2013
Historical Examples of jokingly
"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
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
"I would rather it shook its back than mine," said I jokingly.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
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 crack a joke; dirty joke; no joke; sick joke; standing joke; take a joke.