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[joh-kee] /ˈdʒoʊ ki/
adjective, jokier, jokiest.
lacking in seriousness; frivolous:
The editorial had an offensively jokey tone for such an important subject.
Origin of jokey
1815-25; joke + -ey1
Related forms
jokily, adverb
jokiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jokey
  • The potential for bizarre and jokey nomenclature is almost unlimited.
  • The emails seem pretty casual and jokey to me, not some serious declaration of his deepest feelings.
  • His jokey way of shrugging off trouble once seemed charming.
  • The books tend to be casually jokey, chaotic, and self-indulgent.
  • And your unblinking talking points really grind against that jokey-pokey-two-thumbs-up-wink-smile delivery.
  • It does have sincerity, although you have a spoken part, which is more jokey than the rest of the song.
  • We loved quoting oddball, in-jokey lines from the movie to one another.
British Dictionary definitions for jokey


adjective jokier, jokiest
intended as a joke; full of jokes
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Slang definitions & phrases for jokey



Fun-loving; jocular; given to joking: George is too jokey for a responsible slot (mid1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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