What does joke mean?

Definitions for jokedʒoʊk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word joke.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape(noun)

    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

    "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"

  2. jest, joke, jocularity(noun)

    activity characterized by good humor

  3. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on(noun)

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  4. joke(verb)

    a triviality not to be taken seriously

    "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"

  5. joke, jest(verb)

    tell a joke; speak humorously

    "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

  6. joke, jest(verb)

    act in a funny or teasing way

Wiktionary

  1. joke(Noun)

    An amusing story.

  2. joke(Noun)

    Something said or done for amusement.

    It was a joke!

  3. joke(Noun)

    A worthless thing or person.

  4. joke(Verb)

    To do or say something for humourous amusement rather than seriously.

    I didnu2019t mean what I said u2014 I was only joking.

  5. Origin: from iocus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Joke(noun)

    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

  2. Joke(noun)

    something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport

  3. Joke(verb)

    to make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade

  4. Joke(verb)

    to do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest

  5. Origin: [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]

Freebase

  1. Joke

    A joke is something spoken, written, or done with humorous intention. Jokes may have many different forms, e.g., a single word or a gesture, a question-answer, or a whole short story. The word "joke" has a number of synonyms, including wisecrack, gag, prank, quip, jape and jest, To achieve their end, jokes may employ irony, sarcasm, word play and other devices. Jokes may have a punch line, i.e. an ending to make it humorous. A practical joke or prank differs from a spoken joke in that the major component of the humour is physical rather than verbal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Joke

    jōk, n. a jest: a witticism: something witty or sportive: anything said or done to excite a laugh.—v.t. to cast jokes at: to banter: to make merry with.—v.i. to jest: to be merry: to make sport.—n. Jok′er, one who jokes or jests: a card, generally the highest trump, at euchre.—adv. Jok′ingly, in a joking manner. [L. jocus.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JOKE

    A form of humor enjoyed by some and misunderstood by most; in England, requiring a diagram, raised letters and a club.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'joke' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4594

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'joke' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2395

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'joke' in Nouns Frequency: #1318

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'joke' in Verbs Frequency: #1035

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of joke in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of joke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Clifton Paul Fadiman:

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

  2. Will Rogers:

    With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.

  3. Etan Bednarsh:

    All I can say is try to picture the same joke, the same dugout with a man and woman and there's no joke. There's nothing funny about it.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Some people have the last laugh because they always get the joke last, and they still don't realize that the joke is on them. They just laugh last and the longest.

  5. Owen Gleiberman:

    Harrison Ford as the President of the United States in Air Force One is such a perfect piece of casting that it's once a fantasy and a joke The joke is how perfect the fantasy is.

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