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:


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

-- Terry Eagleton (English Critic)

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

-- Ron Reagan (American Journalist)

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)

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)

I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.

-- Ben Folds (American Musician)

Housekeeping ain't no joke.

-- Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)

Now, everybody, I suppose, is aware that in recent years the silly business of divination by dreams has ceased to be a joke and has become a very serious science.

-- Arthur Machen (Welsh Author)

If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke.

-- Richard Russo (American Novelist)

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

-- Will Rogers (American Actor)

In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.

-- Bill Murray (American Actor)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

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

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

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)

When I become the village idiot, or at least, it starts to become a joke, you can't do that much longer.

-- Joan Van Ark (American Actress)

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)

But today, I feel the genuine warmth, the affection, and although I may joke about it, I am touched.

-- Perry Como (American Musician)

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.

-- Max Eastman (American Author)

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)

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)

A symphony is no joke.

-- Johannes Brahms (German Composer)

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)

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

-- Rip Taylor (American Comedian)

The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.

-- H. P. Lovecraft ( Novelist)

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)

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)

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

-- Jessamyn West (American Author)

The joke newspaper, it says Canada abandons the monarchy.

-- Mark McKinney (Canadian Comedian)

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 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)

It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic - another joke marriage.

-- Sophia Bush (American Actress)

I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke.

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)

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)

Lacroix has been fantastic. He's very nice. He gets the joke, and I think that's a good thing.

-- Jennifer Saunders (British Comedian)

It was a JOB; the video show was a JOB; you don't tell the Aristocrats joke at 8 o'clock at night on network tv, it would be funny though. But those guys know I like dirty stuff, I like clean stuff too.

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)


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