verb (used without object), joked, jok·ing.
verb (used with object), joked, jok·ing.
Origin of joke
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|Dean Obeidallah|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As al-Baghdadi was released, he jokingly told one of these commanders that he would see him in New York.
De Blasio then jokingly imagined aloud a news item; “Bill De Blasio named a library book today as police commissioner.”
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|Michael Daly|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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)|Kevin Fallon|August 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But he could talk about it jokingly now, although Sister was inclined to snivel a little over his danger.Hiram The Young Farmer|Burbank L. Todd
While we were waiting Moses jokingly inquired of me, "Do you wish you were in Chicago?"Looking Back|Merrick Abner Richardson
She had often asked me to come over to England, and pass a few weeks with them, and I had jokingly replied that I would.Valerie|Frederick Marryat
I jokingly said: "There is no fear;" and he took his departure.The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I|James H. Mapleson
"You're being shadowed by the police," said the other, jokingly.The Mystery of Murray Davenport|Robert Neilson Stephens
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.