Definitions for: Joke


[n] a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
[n] activity characterized by good humor
[n] a humorous anecdote or remark
[v] act in a funny or teasing way
[v] tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"



Webster (1913) Definition: Joke, n. [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]
1. 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; as, to crack
good-natured jokes.

And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope.

Or witty joke our airy senses moves To pleasant
laughter. --Gay.

2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant;
something done in sport.

Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke.
--Pope.

In joke, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously.

Practical joke. See under Practical.


Joke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Joked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Joking.]
To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter;
as, to joke a comrade.


Joke, v. i. [L. jocari.]
To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words
or actions; to jest.

He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore. --Macaulay.

Syn: To jest; sport; rally; banter. See Jest.

Synonyms: antic, caper, gag, jape, jest, jest, jest, jest, jocularity, laugh, prank, put-on, trick, wheeze, yak

See Also: act, antic, arse around, behave, belly laugh, blackguard, blue joke, blue story, clown, clown around, communicate, dirty joke, dirty story, dirty trick, diversion, do, drollery, ethnic joke, fool, fool around, funny story, gag, gag line, good story, guy, horse around, howler, humor, humour, in-joke, intercommunicate, jest at, laugh at, laugh line, leg-pull, leg-pulling, make fun, one-liner, pleasantry, poke fun, practical joke, pun, punch line, quip, recreation, rib, ridicule, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, tag line, thigh-slapper, visual joke, waggery, wit, witticism, wittiness, wow

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Famous Quotes Containing Joke:


You have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt. Once you're willing to do that, everything opens up and you get the freedom. My joke is that next year, I'll make the first film that costs zero dollars.

-- Nick Nolte (American Actor)

It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.

-- Martha Gellhorn (American Journalist)

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

-- Theodor Adorno (German Philosopher)

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

-- T. S. Eliot (American Poet)

My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.

-- Maya Angelou (American Poet)

Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

I think when you dissect a joke too much, you have ruined whatever there is in comedy.

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)

My joke, which isn't really a joke, is that there will be one of two tours: the tour for the album that does well, or the tour for the album that stiffs.

-- Richard Marx (American Musician)

You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

For the amount of talent I had - and I couldn't dance, act, or tell a joke - I enjoyed a tremendous career.

-- Perry Como (American Musician)

I have a new joke today. Martha Stewart's on suicide watch. They had to unplug all of her ovens.

-- Rip Taylor (American Comedian)

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.

-- Oliver Goldsmith (Irish Poet)

There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.

-- Herman Melville (American Novelist)

I'll think of the idea and then I'll write something down, then within that there will be a joke or two which is the original thing which I thought was funny.

-- David Cross (American Actor)

I recently did the David Letterman Show about my book. He was very serious and made no jokes and it caught me off guard a little bit. He was much more serious than some of the joke shows that journalists get on.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

I sometimes joke, Paula, even paranoid people have enemies.

-- Rahm Emanuel (American Politician)

Almost every venerable tradition at a men's club starts out as a joke.

-- Joe Bob Briggs (American Critic)

The joke or the pratfall is easy for me to do.

-- Sandra Bullock (American Actress)

A joke is a very serious thing.

-- Winston Churchill (English Statesman)

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

I'm a bit of a worrier, to an extreme. I'll crack a joke, then worry if I've offended someone - even when they're laughing. I have a guilt complex, always worrying.

-- Sophia Bush (American Actress)

Years ago I was a runway model, and I used to get laughs. I thought it was a joke anyway.

-- Nora Dunn (American Actress)

Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.

-- Gloria Steinem (American Activist)

As for pictures and museums, that don't trouble me. The worst of going abroad is that you've always got to look at things of that sort. To have to do it at home would be beyond a joke.

-- Margaret Oliphant (Scottish Novelist)

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.

-- Ron Reagan (American Journalist)

I laughed, even if I was the butt of the joke.

-- Pete Waterman (English Producer)

It seems to me that humour is everybody's way of keeping sane and standing off from the situations so that they can see it intellectually, as well as emotionally, and I don't know whether you've noticed, but if somebody tells a joke, it's nearly always a mini fantasy.

-- Diana Wynne Jones (English Writer)

I'd come from the bottom of the barrel. Just Owen Hart getting out of the shadow of Bret Hart's little brother. Everyone figured, this is a joke, Owen's going to get squashed.

-- Owen Hart (Canadian Entertainer)

I think that the joke and the ghost story both have a similar set up in that you kind of set something up and pay it off with a laugh or a scare.

-- Simon Pegg (British Comedian)

I think that every show on television has its place. I think Married With Children or, I don't know, The Nanny... some people want to go home, turn on the TV and be able to iron their clothes or grab a sandwich. Come out and catch a joke and not have to follow the story.

-- Peter Krause (American Actor)

I think repeating yourself is a sign of old age, telling the same joke again and again. Especially if they're jokes that don't make people laugh.

-- Simon Le Bon (English Musician)

Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.

-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman (American Writer)

I mean, I've had bartenders and waiters and waitresses make a comment about a joke of mine, like pointing out some sort of logic error or something that I've never even thought about, and they're right.

-- Todd Barry (American -)

I start with the joke line and write backward.

-- Nipsey Russell (American Comedian)

Why is Cloud 9 so amazing? What is wrong with Cloud 8? That joke came off the top of my head, and the top of my head ain't funny!

-- Mitch Hedberg (American Comedian)


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