American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
- n. A mischievous trick; a prank.
- n. An amusing or ludicrous incident or situation.
- n. Informal Something not to be taken seriously; a triviality: The accident was no joke.
- n. Informal An object of amusement or laughter; a laughingstock: His loud tie was the joke of the office.
- v. To tell or play jokes; jest.
- v. To speak in fun; be facetious.
- v. To make fun of; tease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter; some witty or sportive remark or act; a jest; also, jesting; raillery.
- n. Something not real, or to no purpose; what is not in earnest or actually meant; an illusion.
- n. Synonyms See jest.
- To jest; make merry about something.
- To cast jokes at; make merry with; rally: as, to joke a man about his love-affairs.
- n. An amusing story.
- n. Something said or done for amusement.
- n. figuratively The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one
- n. figuratively A worthless thing or person.
- v. intransitive To do or say something for humourous amusement rather than seriously.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than
jest); a jest; a witticism.
- n. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport.
- v. To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter.
- v. To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest.
- n. a triviality not to be taken seriously
- n. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
- n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
- v. tell a joke; speak humorously
- v. act in a funny or teasing way
- n. activity characterized by good humor
- from Latin iocus (Wiktionary)
- Latin iocus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I don't see how making our president a joke is appropriate or acting as a leader.”
“BradPatrick: This joke is a favorite of mine too, but I first heard it as a diss on Hahvahd, and thus the city identified was Cambridge.”
“This joke is a favorite of mine too, but I first heard it as a diss on Hahvahd, and thus the city identified was Cambridge.”
“Rolling it to a joke is a bit shallow, not saying you are.”
“I beg your pardon," said Tip, rather provoked, for he felt a warm interest in both the Saw-Horse and his man Jack; "but permit me to say that your joke is a poor one, and as old as it is poor.”
“Republican Virgil Peck made what he calls a "joke" during a public hearing on how to control the feral-pig population like you, I was unaware that this was a huge problem in Kansas.”
“Bad taste and outrageous manners can be funny, but not when the butt of the joke is the innocent party.”
“This joke is a "ole and Lena" joke, common in the midwest where many Norwegians and Swedes settled.”
“But that misses the point of much of what makes Borat great: the joke is almost always on him as well.”
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