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:


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

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

Housekeeping ain't no joke.

-- Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)

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)

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

-- H. Rap Brown (American Activist)

I start with the joke line and write backward.

-- Nipsey Russell (American Comedian)

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)

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)

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

-- Clifton Paul Fadiman ( Writer)

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

-- Jenifer Lewis (American Actress)

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

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

-- Ronnie Barker (English Comedian)

The joke newspaper, it says Canada abandons the monarchy.

-- Mark McKinney (Canadian Comedian)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.

-- Brendan Behan (Irish Dramatist)

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

-- Theodor Adorno (German Philosopher)

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?

-- Rita Rudner (American Comedian)

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)

The gods too are fond of a joke.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

One time when somebody showed up in a wedding dress, but I never knew if it was a joke, or she was serious. She asked me to marry her. She was serious. It was pretty funny.

-- Bryan White (American Musician)

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

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)

I always thought of Levittown as a joke.

-- Bill Griffith (American Cartoonist)

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)

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

-- Ron Reagan (American Journalist)

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 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)

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

-- Shawn Wayans (American Actor)

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

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.

-- Carla Bley (American Musician)

That's something - you laugh about Eminem... It's funny, man, because I didn't like him when he first came out, ya know. It seemed like a big joke. But I think the guy's for real, and I like his lyrics!

-- Alan Vega (American Musician)


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