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:


Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Author)

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

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

You want a story? Read 'Gone With the Wind'. These aren't stories. They're joke books. The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death.

-- Brian P. Cleary (American 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)

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

What other culture could have produced someone like Hemmingway and not seen the joke?

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

People are learning to feel more comfortable hearing one another's dreams. It used to be that if you told a dream in public, someone had to make a joke to relieve the tension introduced by that alternative reality.

-- Henry Reed (English Writer)

So, whenever Scooter was the Pilot, he never had a chance to fly the orbiter. So, the joke is: I'm going to have a chance to fly it first and hand it over to him.

-- Duane G. Carey (American Astronaut)

Desegregation is a joke.

-- Nina Simone (American Musician)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

Everyone recognizes that's a joke because obviously the number and shape of the pieces doesn't affect the size of the pizza. And similarly, the stocks, bonds, warrants, etc., issued don't affect the aggregate value of the firm.

-- Merton Miller (American Economist)

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)

See, justice is a joke in this country, and it stinks of its hypocricy.

-- H. Rap Brown (American Activist)

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

-- Georg C. Lichtenberg ( Physicist)

If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke?

-- Steven Wright (American Comedian)

I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.

-- Hank Aaron (American Athlete)

You might like it as a joke or because you liked it then, but there isn't a whole new generation discovering Wham!.

-- Rob Zombie (American Musician)

If you think before you speak the other guy gets his joke in first.

-- Jimmy Nail (English Actor)

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

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)

Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.

-- Rita Dove (American Poet)

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)

A joke is a very serious thing.

-- Winston Churchill (English Statesman)

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)

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.

-- Harper Lee (American Novelist)

There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable.

-- Benoit Mandelbrot (French Mathematician)

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)

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

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

-- Max Eastman (American Author)

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)

I also try to think of ways to articulate the joke more economically.

-- David Cross (American Actor)

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)

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)

Everybody doesn't have to get every joke. People really appreciate not being condescended to.

-- Matt Groening (American Cartoonist)

Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)


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