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joke

[johk] /dʒoʊk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
a matter that need not be taken very seriously; trifling matter:
The loss was no joke.
4.
something that does not present the expected challenge; something very easy:
The test was a joke for the whole class.
verb (used without object), joked, joking.
6.
to speak or act in a playful or merry way:
He was always joking with us.
7.
to say something in fun or teasing rather than in earnest; be facetious:
He didn't really mean it, he was only joking.
verb (used with object), joked, joking.
8.
to subject to jokes; make fun of; tease.
9.
to obtain by joking:
The comedian joked coins from the audience.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin jocus jest
Related forms
jokeless, adjective
jokingly, adverb
half-joking, adjective
half-jokingly, adverb
unjoking, adjective
unjokingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. wisecrack, gag, jape, prank, quip, quirk, sally, raillery. Joke, jest refer to something said (or done) in sport, or to cause amusement. A joke is something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter; it may be raillery, a witty remark, or a prank or trick: to tell a joke. Jest, today a more formal word, nearly always refers to joking language and is more suggestive of scoffing or ridicule than is joke : to speak in jest.
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Examples from the web for jokes
  • Whoever is focused on smutty jokes will not be able to derive pleasure from clever exhibitionistic wit.
  • But the whole book, with its grotesque adventures and practical jokes, is reminiscent of the spirit of the jest-books.
  • Furthermore, there are jokes whose technique may be traced to such a condensation.
  • Songs are piped out there, and all kinds of dubious jokes made-nay, sometimes a dance of hyenas is danced round the open trench.
  • Some of their jokes could almost be heard across the square.
  • But it is jokes at the expense of everyone's general humanity.
  • He jokes about how more serious afficionados play by getting their whole body into it.
  • Alcoholics have trouble understanding jokes, but they may be missing out on much more than a chance to laugh.
  • They had known each other since eighth grade, sharing the silly private jokes that only longtime pals know.
  • Later, couples may make jokes to smooth their way over life's rough patches.
British Dictionary definitions for jokes

joke

/dʒəʊk/
noun
1.
a humorous anecdote
2.
something that is said or done for fun; prank
3.
a ridiculous or humorous circumstance
4.
a person or thing inspiring ridicule or amusement; butt
5.
a matter to be joked about or ignored
6.
joking apart, seriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking
7.
no joke, something very serious
verb
8.
(intransitive) to tell jokes
9.
(intransitive) to speak or act facetiously or in fun
10.
to make fun of (someone); tease; kid
Derived Forms
jokingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jocus a jest
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Word Origin and History for jokes

joke

n.

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."

v.

1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jokes

joke

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sick joke


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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