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:


That was really so upsetting when you are trying to pass on some very serious knowledge and be basically, treated worse than a student coming off the street because his father pays the tuition. Come on. Give me a break. This is no school. This is a joke.

-- Miroslav Vitous (Czechoslovakian Musician)

Some people know that they are so adorable looking, all they have to do is smile and dress up and they get plenty from that. Then there are some of us who, early on, see that that doesn't work. So we joke about it.

-- Merrill Markoe ( Author)

The English had hit upon a splendid joke. They intended to catch me or to bring me down.

-- Manfred von Richthofen (German Aviator)

It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.

-- Martha Gellhorn (American Journalist)

I start with the joke line and write backward.

-- Nipsey Russell (American Comedian)

Years ago I was a runway model, and I used to get laughs. I thought it was a joke anyway.

-- Nora Dunn (American Actress)

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

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

I'd like to think I'd never do a gratuitous fart joke.

-- Harold Ramis (American Actor)

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

-- Clifton Paul Fadiman ( Writer)

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

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)

You learn to kid around and joke and not take things too seriously because somehow its all gonna work out for the best - or you're gonna make it work out.

-- Jack Youngblood (American Athlete)

I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.

-- Hank Aaron (American Athlete)

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

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)

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

-- Georg Brandes (Danish Critic)

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.

-- Goldwin Smith (Canadian Historian)

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)

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

-- Clifton Fadiman (American Writer)

A woman would pitch a joke. Nothing. Then a guy would pitch it and everybody would laugh.

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

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)

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)

As for pictures and museums, that don't trouble me. The worst of going abroad is that you've always got to look at things of that sort. To have to do it at home would be beyond a joke.

-- Margaret Oliphant (Scottish Novelist)

The joke of our time is the suicide of intention.

-- Theodor Adorno (German Philosopher)

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.

-- Alan Dundes (American Educator)

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)

I don't really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don't, it's like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line.

-- Roman Polanski ( Director)

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

-- Sandra Bullock (American Actress)

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

-- H. Rap Brown (American Activist)

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

-- Will Rogers (American Actor)

Some people, they just don't get a joke.

-- Glenn Frey (American Musician)

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)

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)

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

-- Jessica Mitford (American Journalist)

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

-- Mitch Hedberg (American Comedian)

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

-- Jenifer Lewis (American Actress)


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