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

-- David Cross (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)

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

-- Tone Loc (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)

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

-- Gore Vidal (American Novelist)

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)

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

-- Steven Wright (American Comedian)

Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism.

-- Terry Eagleton (English Critic)

I always thought of Levittown as a joke.

-- Bill Griffith (American Cartoonist)

The girl-next-door image is a sort of joke; for years, I couldn't get any roles other than as somebody dark.

-- Felicity Kendal (English Actress)

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)

Well when I made my first record I thought it would be a good joke to have me on one side, have the lable say John Fahey on one side, and this guy Blind Joe Death on the other side.

-- John Fahey (American Musician)

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)

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)

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

-- Benoit Mandelbrot (French Mathematician)

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)

A symphony is no joke.

-- Johannes Brahms (German Composer)

Same thing, like my commercials are often times really funny because I tend to find 30 seconds is a really good amount of time to tell a joke.

-- Alex Winter (American Actor)

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

-- Harper Lee (American Novelist)

Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.

-- J. M. Barrie (Scottish Novelist)

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

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)

I have done things politically, and I've been running a business at the same time, but I sort of joke that to some extent I do more than most legislators have done in their whole careers, and I've been doing it as a part-time job.

-- Craig Benson (American Politician)

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

-- H. G. Wells (English 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)

I've been paying alimony since I was 14 and child support since 15. That's a joke, but not by much.

-- Don Adams (American Comedian)

It's a cosmic joke that I'm a lesbian, because I understand men so well but women are a complete mystery to me.

-- Lea DeLaria (American Comedian)

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

-- Will Rogers (American Actor)

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

-- Georg Brandes (Danish Critic)

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)

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

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

I agree with Sophocles: the greatest luck is not to have been born - but, as the joke goes on, very few people succeed in it.

-- Slavoj Zizek ( Philosopher)

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)

Housekeeping ain't no joke.

-- Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?

-- Dick Clark (American Entertainer)

Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.

-- W. S. Merwin (American Poet)


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