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:


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

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

I remember when I was in college, I used to watch Julia Child's cooking show during dinner and joke with my roommates about becoming a TV chef.

-- Martin Yan (Chinese Celebrity)

Housekeeping ain't no joke.

-- Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)

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 joke around a lot about the manic times because they're funny. We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.

-- Patty Duke (American Actress)

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

I lived that life for real, so to talk about it was like a joke, you know what I mean?

-- Tone Loc (American Musician)

In fact, it used to be a joke if you studied at a University.

-- Tony Randall (American Actor)

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.

-- Brendan Behan (Irish Dramatist)

I get just as much of a thrill out of constructing a good sentence that gets a laugh at the end as I do from a joke.

-- Julian Clary (English Comedian)

I'm gonna fix that last joke by taking out all the words and adding new ones.

-- Mitch Hedberg (American Comedian)

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

-- Clifton Paul Fadiman ( Writer)

Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.

-- Ivan Turgenev (Russian Novelist)

And I liked pluralist Australia. I got a taste for pluralist Australia. I like, I like Australians and I can't believe that they're going to go to hell because they tell a good dirty joke, you know.

-- Thomas Keneally (Australian Novelist)

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

-- Rip Taylor (American Comedian)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Lynda Barry (American Cartoonist)

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)

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

-- Georg C. Lichtenberg ( Physicist)

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)

Gentle dullness ever loves a joke.

-- Alexander Pope (English Poet)

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

-- Sandra Bullock (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

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)

Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do - sing, dance, joke about - then they take that as love.

-- Gene Wilder (American Actor)

The marvelous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing.

-- Ronnie Barker (English Comedian)

He who does not understand a joke, he does not understand Danish.

-- Georg Brandes (Danish Critic)

The gods too are fond of a joke.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

Vicodin, I got addicted to that little pill. The reason I don't talk about it too much in the press is because it isn't funny, and I love to be funny in interviews. If you joke about that period in your life, it doesn't seem right.

-- Matthew Perry ( Actor)

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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