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:


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

-- Martha Gellhorn (American Journalist)

Kids enjoy laughing and are seldom bored when they find something funny. They also ask questions, often to adults, because they understand that the more words they can comprehend about a funny story or a joke, the more they'll enjoy it.

-- Brian P. Cleary (American Author)

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 -)

Gracious dying is a huge, macabre and expensive joke on the American public.

-- Jessica Mitford (American Journalist)

Desegregation is a joke.

-- Nina Simone (American Musician)

A woman would pitch a joke. Nothing. Then a guy would pitch it and everybody would laugh.

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

Comedy is just to me, maybe it's a natural knack, if I can see where the joke is in the writing and I can see where the setup is and I can tell this is the way to make it.

-- Matt LeBlanc (American Actor)

U.S. soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance, joke that they track my movements in order to know where they will be deployed next.

-- Christiane Amanpour (English Journalist)

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.

-- Max Eastman (American Author)

Tool of Communist agitators... it's really a joke, isn't it? Because, quite clearly, we are a party of real moderates. It just shows how little they understand.

-- Helen Suzman (South African Politician)

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)

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

-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman (American Writer)

When I become the village idiot, or at least, it starts to become a joke, you can't do that much longer.

-- Joan Van Ark (American Actress)

I've been burn when it comes to my hair that it ain't no joke.

-- Jenifer Lewis (American Actress)

In life there are always these things happening if you can just get the joke.

-- Lynda Barry (American Cartoonist)

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.

-- Clifton Fadiman (American Writer)

Being funny is one of my greatest strengths. I can make girls smile when they're down, and when they're having a good time, I can carry on the joke.

-- John Krasinski (American Actor)

I always thought security was a joke at New York airports, and in U.S. airports to begin with. You can go through any European or Middle Eastern airport and things are a lot tougher.

-- Richard Drew (American Photographer)

If something stinks, I say it stinks. But I try to massage it a little and not be as cutting, come behind it with a joke: Hey, I cut you deep, but now let me put a couple of stitches in you.

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.

-- Joseph Conrad (Polish Novelist)

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

-- Hermann Hesse (German Novelist)

I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.

-- Dave Chappelle (American Comedian)

I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.

-- Ben Folds (American Musician)

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

I always laugh the hardest at the stuff you see in day-to-day life. It's great when somebody can tell a joke that really makes you laugh hard, but to see some kind of personal interaction that no one could write is so good. Those are always the things that make me laugh.

-- Luke Wilson (American Actor)

The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet.

-- Oliver Herford (American Author)

When a kid can understand that a word can mean two things, there's some real thinking going on. They have a vested interest in finding out what a word means, because it's the punch line to a joke.

-- Brian P. Cleary (American Author)

Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money, 'cause they're convinced that there is a free lunch.

-- Ron Bloom ( -)

I don't like jokes in speeches. I do like wit and humor. A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.

-- James Humes (American Lawyer)

Paris and Nicky Hilton? Those girls will show up to the opening of a phone book. It's like a big joke.

-- Rachel Perry (Canadian Celebrity)

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)

When you tell an Iowan a joke, you can see a kind of race going on between his brain and his expression.

-- Bill Bryson (American Writer)

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

-- Sandra Bullock (American Actress)

I always make this joke that I know you were expecting to see the big skirts and the hoops. But that was a long time ago. Artists aren't always seen as real people. If you start out as a teenager, sometimes people want to keep you locked as that. But I'm a woman now.

-- Jody Watley (American Musician)

When I'm writing the book I'm laughing at just how overblown the characters seemed. How full of himself he seems. But I didn't get far enough in the series to really drive the joke of it home.

-- Jhonen Vasquez (American Cartoonist)


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