Definitions for punch line

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

punch′ line`(n.)

  1. the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, or humorous story that produces the desired effect.

Origin of punch line:

1920–25, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. punch line, laugh line, gag line, tag line(noun)

    the point of a joke or humorous story

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. punch line(noun)ʌntʃ

    the funny line at the end of a joke

    I always forget the punch line.

Wiktionary

  1. punch line(Noun)

    The final part of a joke; the word, sentence, or exchange of sentences that is intended to be funny and provokes laughter from the listeners.

  2. Origin: probably American. It was probably meant to be likened to a quick, sharp punch.

Freebase

  1. Punch line

    A punch line is the final part of a joke, comedy sketch, or profound statement, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny or to provoke laughter or thought from listeners. Few punchlines are inherently funny out of context, but when a comedian sets up the premise and builds up the audience's expectations, the punch line can function as the climactic part of the act. Punch lines generally derive their humor from being unexpected. The classic stand-up punch line sound is a sting on drums.


Translations for punch line

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

punch line

the funny sentence or phrase that ends a joke

He always laughs before he gets to the punch line.

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