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 still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.

-- Dave Chappelle (American Comedian)

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)

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.

-- Brendan Behan (Irish Dramatist)

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)

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

I didn't just want to be Frank's daughter who sang Boots. I take my music very seriously and studied very hard. It's not a joke to me.

-- Nancy Sinatra (American Musician)

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

-- Ron Reagan (American Journalist)

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)

You're over there in the corner either thinking about the dead dog or whatever, you're bringing up your personal life and you need the space, and then somebody throws you a joke. Especially if it's an emotional scene, you don't want the joke.

-- Marcia Gay Harden (American Actress)

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

-- Richard Russo (American Novelist)

I'd come from the bottom of the barrel. Just Owen Hart getting out of the shadow of Bret Hart's little brother. Everyone figured, this is a joke, Owen's going to get squashed.

-- Owen Hart (Canadian Entertainer)

Sometimes my colleagues joke and call me Hannah.

-- Hanoi Hannah (Vietnamese Celebrity)

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)

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)

I think that every show on television has its place. I think Married With Children or, I don't know, The Nanny... some people want to go home, turn on the TV and be able to iron their clothes or grab a sandwich. Come out and catch a joke and not have to follow the story.

-- Peter Krause (American Actor)

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)

You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

Desegregation is a joke.

-- Nina Simone (American Musician)

All he cares about is going out there with his Jack Daniels bottle. Nothing has changed. That's kind of sad. If David was doing better than he used to be, then that would be different. But it was a joke and he made it that way.

-- Sammy Hagar (American Musician)

The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet.

-- Oliver Herford (American Author)

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

-- Perry Como (American Musician)

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

-- Jenifer Lewis (American Actress)

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)

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.

-- 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 mean, I've had bartenders and waiters and waitresses make a comment about a joke of mine, like pointing out some sort of logic error or something that I've never even thought about, and they're right.

-- Todd Barry (American -)

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

-- Clifton Paul Fadiman ( Writer)

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)

I never told a joke in my life.

-- Andy Kaufman (American Comedian)

Gracious dying is a huge, macabre and expensive joke on the American public.

-- Jessica Mitford (American Journalist)

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

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

-- Robin Williams (American Comedian)

I always make this joke that I know you were expecting to see the big skirts and the hoops. But that was a long time ago. Artists aren't always seen as real people. If you start out as a teenager, sometimes people want to keep you locked as that. But I'm a woman now.

-- Jody Watley (American Musician)

I'll think of the idea and then I'll write something down, then within that there will be a joke or two which is the original thing which I thought was funny.

-- David Cross (American Actor)

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)


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