joke [johk] /dʒoʊk/ Show IPA noun, verb, joked, joking.
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to subject to jokes; make fun of; tease.
to obtain by joking:
The comedian joked coins from the audience.
1660–70; < Latin jocus jest
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.