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'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)

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)

There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.

-- Herman Melville (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)

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

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.

-- Carla Bley (American Musician)

Sex is God's joke on human beings.

-- Bette Davis (American Actress)

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

-- Will Rogers (American Actor)

It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.

-- Brendan Behan (Irish Dramatist)

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

-- Max Eastman (American Author)

I never told a joke in my life.

-- Andy Kaufman (American Comedian)

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)

Death's an old joke, but each individual encounters it anew.

-- Ivan Turgenev (Russian Novelist)

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)

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

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

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)

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)

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)

The joke newspaper, it says Canada abandons the monarchy.

-- Mark McKinney (Canadian Comedian)

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)

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)

You have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt. Once you're willing to do that, everything opens up and you get the freedom. My joke is that next year, I'll make the first film that costs zero dollars.

-- Nick Nolte (American Actor)

Desegregation is a joke.

-- Nina Simone (American Musician)

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

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)

I sometimes joke, Paula, even paranoid people have enemies.

-- Rahm Emanuel (American Politician)

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

-- Oliver Herford (American Author)

When a kid can understand that a word can mean two things, there's some real thinking going on. They have a vested interest in finding out what a word means, because it's the punch line to a joke.

-- Brian P. Cleary (American Author)

A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.

-- Joseph Conrad (Polish Novelist)

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)

Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money, 'cause they're convinced that there is a free lunch.

-- Ron Bloom ( -)

A joke is a very serious thing.

-- Winston Churchill (English Statesman)

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

-- Harold Ramis (American Actor)

Everyone recognizes that's a joke because obviously the number and shape of the pieces doesn't affect the size of the pizza. And similarly, the stocks, bonds, warrants, etc., issued don't affect the aggregate value of the firm.

-- Merton Miller (American Economist)


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