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:


Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.

-- Willa Cather (American Author)

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

Sex is God's joke on human beings.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)

The nature of comedy is 'just do it.' But I think what's interesting about it is this joke has been around and why. And it's just saying what's wrong and how wrong can you be if you say it.

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

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)

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

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

These endless legal challenges that define elections in New York are a joke in this country, and they are the reason why it is so expensive, or one of the reasons, it's so expensive to run here and why so many people decide not to run.

-- Michael Bloomberg (American Politician)

With silly stuff, it's seventy-five percent confidence. I always tell people that it's because I'm nervous about getting that next laugh and I need to hear it. I always want to condense a joke.

-- Tim Vine (British Comedian)

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)

There's a few tunes of mine that don't have jokes, but most of them have a joke and they have a humorous point of view somewhere.

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

I've heard every pie joke in the book. I'm still waiting for an original one.

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

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)

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 -)

Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes. Musicians are always starving, so they're really mean to each other about who makes what.

-- Jackson Browne (American Musician)

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

-- Joseph Conrad (Polish Novelist)

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)

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.

-- Alan Dundes (American Educator)

A symphony is no joke.

-- Johannes Brahms (German Composer)

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

-- Joe Bob Briggs (American Critic)

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

-- Theodor Adorno (German Philosopher)

I met Ashley two weeks before I married him. It was a joke-the most ridiculous thing I've ever done. Once I was married, I didn't want to be a failure, so I stuck it out for six months, which was about six months too long.

-- Shannen Doherty (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Clifton Paul Fadiman ( Writer)

I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't.

-- Alfred North Whitehead (English Mathematician)

If you keep up with pop culture, everybody knows the joke.

-- Shawn Wayans (American Actor)

I didn't just want to be Frank's daughter who sang Boots. I take my music very seriously and studied very hard. It's not a joke to me.

-- Nancy Sinatra (American Musician)

I had my electricity turned off three times because I never had time to pay my bills. It was a joke. I'm making a ton of money, and I'm walking around my apartment with flashlights.

-- Sherry Stringfield (American Actress)

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

-- Lynda Barry (American Cartoonist)

The joke that I make is that there are instances on the TV series that happen to me, - except on Sex and the City they always make it better or worse than real life and I am actually saying that in a joking way.

-- Candace Bushnell (American Writer)

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

Some people know that they are so adorable looking, all they have to do is smile and dress up and they get plenty from that. Then there are some of us who, early on, see that that doesn't work. So we joke about it.

-- Merrill Markoe ( Author)

The joke I wanted to put into one of the promos for this new season, was to have a guy come up to me and say, Hey! Tony! I love your show, I've watched you every night since you started! And then I'd say, Ah! You're the one!

-- Tony Danza (American Actor)

Because Buffy really has become the straight man, every once in a while it's nice to be the one that tells the joke and it's nice to be the one that is the joke and it's nice to do something that's a little bit different.

-- Sarah Michelle Gellar (American Actress)

Chevy Chase and Bill Murray - we thought those guys were funny. We love Bill Murray, but we didn't think they were right for Airplane! because it would step on the joke if there was a known comedian.

-- David Zucker (American Director)


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