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 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)

Everybody doesn't have to get every joke. People really appreciate not being condescended to.

-- Matt Groening (American Cartoonist)

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

-- Richard Russo (American Novelist)

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)

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

-- Georg C. Lichtenberg ( Physicist)

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

-- Martha Gellhorn (American Journalist)

I think repeating yourself is a sign of old age, telling the same joke again and again. Especially if they're jokes that don't make people laugh.

-- Simon Le Bon (English Musician)

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

-- Gilbert K. Chesterton (English Writer)

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)

I'll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying.

-- Kanye West (American Musician)

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

-- Terry Eagleton (English Critic)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Oliver Herford (American Author)

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

-- Georg Brandes (Danish Critic)

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)

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

-- Harper Lee (American Novelist)

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

-- Tone Loc (American Musician)

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

-- Jason Biggs (American Actor)

I always thought security was a joke at New York airports, and in U.S. airports to begin with. You can go through any European or Middle Eastern airport and things are a lot tougher.

-- Richard Drew (American Photographer)

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

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

These endless legal challenges that define elections in New York are a joke in this country, and they are the reason why it is so expensive, or one of the reasons, it's so expensive to run here and why so many people decide not to run.

-- Michael Bloomberg (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

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

-- Jennifer Saunders (British Comedian)

If something stinks, I say it stinks. But I try to massage it a little and not be as cutting, come behind it with a joke: Hey, I cut you deep, but now let me put a couple of stitches in you.

-- Wanda Sykes (American Comedian)

I'm a bit of a worrier, to an extreme. I'll crack a joke, then worry if I've offended someone - even when they're laughing. I have a guilt complex, always worrying.

-- Sophia Bush (American Actress)

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

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)

Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.

-- Willa Cather (American Author)

When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

-- Robin Williams (American Comedian)


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