American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect.
- n. The final part of a joke; the word, sentence, or exchange of sentences that is intended to be funny and provokes laughter from the listeners.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The final sentence, phrase, or word in a joke or humorous story that is unexpected and produces the humorous effect; the point of a joke.
- n. The final sentence, phrase, or word in any narration, speech, or advertisement that produces the speaker's intended effect.
- n. the point of a joke or humorous story
- punch + line, probably American. It was probably meant to be likened to a quick, sharp punch. (Wiktionary)
“He laughed until the punch line sucker-punched him — then he froze.”
“Give a big hello and introduction, and in ten words or less catch them up: “We were just talking about this veterinary psychologist I met…” If you were just at the punch line and don’t want to stop, put your arm around the guest or take hold of her in some way while you finish so she doesn’t have that awkward I-got-here-at-the-wrong-time feeling.”
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