What does joke mean?

Definitions for joke
dʒoʊkjoke

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. joke, gag, laugh, jest, japenoun

    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, jocularitynoun

    activity characterized by good humor

  3. antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-onnoun

    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

  4. jokeverb

    a triviality not to be taken seriously

    "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"

  5. joke, jestverb

    tell a joke; speak humorously

    "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

  6. joke, jestverb

    act in a funny or teasing way

Wiktionary

  1. jokenoun

    An amusing story.

    Etymology: from iocus

  2. jokenoun

    Something said or done for amusement.

    It was a joke!

    Etymology: from iocus

  3. jokenoun

    A worthless thing or person.

    Etymology: from iocus

  4. jokeverb

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

    I didn't mean what I said u2014 I was only joking.

    Etymology: from iocus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jokenoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]

  2. Jokenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]

  3. Jokeverb

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

    Etymology: [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]

  4. Jokeverb

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

    Etymology: [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

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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

Examples of joke in a Sentence

  1. Blue Bell:

    The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers. Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products.

  2. Lori Jo Hoekstra:

    He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him, norm Macdonald was Norm Macdonald. Norm Macdonald once wrote that' a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.' Norm Macdonald certainly never pandered. Norm Macdonald will be missed terribly.

  3. Game of Thrones, Season 6:

    Tyrion Lannister: Last time we saw each other was at Winterfell, yes? You were making jokes about my height, I seem to recall. Everyone who makes a joke about a dwarf's height thinks he's the only person ever to make a joke about a dwarf's height. A height of nobility. A man of your stature. Someone to look up to. You're all making the same five or six jokes.Theon Greyjoy: It was a long time ago.Tyrion Lannister: It was. And how have things been going for you since then? Not so well I gather. Can't imagine you would have murdered the Stark boys if things had been going well.Theon Greyjoy: I didn't murder the Stark boys. But I did things that were just as bad, or worse.Yara Grejoy: And he paid for them.Tyrion Lannister: Doesn't seem like it. He's still alive. It was complicated for you I'm sure, growing up at Winterfell. Never quite knowing who you were. But then, we all live complicated lives, don't we?Daenerys Targaryen: You've brought us a hundred ships from the Iron fleet, with men to sail them. In return I expect you want me to support your claim to the throne of the Iron Islands?Theon Grejoy: Not my claim. [nods his head to Yara] Hers.Daenerys Targaryen: What's wrong with you?Theon Greyjoy: I'm not fit to rule.Tyrion Lannister: We can agree upon that at least.Daenerys Targaryen: Has the Iron Islands ever had a queen before?Yara Grejoy: No more than Westeros.Theon Grejoy: Our uncle Euron returned home after a long absence. He murdered our father, and took the Salt Throne from Yara. He would have murdered us if we'd stayed.Daenerys Targaryen: Lord Tyrion tells me your father was a terrible king.Yara Grejoy: You and I have that in common.Daenerys Targaryen: [after a short pause] We do. And both murdered by a usurper aswell. [turns to Tyrion] Will their ships be enough?Tyrion Lannister: With the former masters' fleet, possibly. Barely. [glares down at Theon] There are more than a hundred ships in the Iron fleet- Theon Grejoy: There are. And Euron's building more. [to Daenerys] He's going to offer them to you.Daenerys Targaryen: So why shouldn't I wait for him?Theon Greyjoy: The Iron fleet isn't all he's bringing. He also wants to give you-..Yara Grejoy: [scornfully] His big cock, I think he said. [Daenerys raises her eyebrows disapprovingly, smirking at Tyrion] Euron's offer is also an offer of marriage, you see.. You won't get one without the other.Daenerys Targaryen: And I imagine your offer is free of any marriage demands.Yara Grejoy: [softly] I never demand but I'm up for anything really.[Daenerys gazes at Yara with a smile]Theon Grejoy: He murdered our father and would have murdered us. He'll murder you as soon as you have what he wants.Tyrion Lannister: The seven kingdoms?Theon Grejoy: All of them.Daenerys Targaryen: And you don't want the seven kingdoms?Theon Grejoy: Your ancestors defeated ours, and took the Iron Islands. We ask you to give them back.Daenerys Targaryen: And that's all?Yara Grejoy: We'd like you to help us murder an uncle or two who think a woman's not fit to rule.Daenerys Targaryen: [with a smirk] Reasonable.Tyrion Lannister: [to Daenerys] What if everyone starts demanding their independence?Daenerys Targaryen: She's not demanding, she's asking. The others are free to ask aswell. [turns her head back to Theon and Yara] Our fathers were evil men. All of us here. They left the world worse than they found it. We're not going to do that. We're going to leave the world better than we found it. [stands up and begins walking down the stairs towards Theon and Yara while she speaks] You will support my claim as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and respect the integrity of the Seven Kingdoms. No more reaving, roving, raiding, or raping.Yara Greyjoy: [with a glare] That's our way of life.Daenerys Targaryen: No more.[Daenerys stares at Yara coldly, Yara turns her head to Theon who then nods at her in consent]Yara Grejoy: No more.[Yara lifts her arm up towards Daenerys. Daenerys, indecisively, looks over her shoulder at Tyrion who then signals her to accept Yara's arm-shake. After a brief hesitation, Daenerys puts a grasp around Yara's arm, shaking her arm]

  4. John Mullins:

    They were just racist slurs in a sense, he would say it just as a joke. ... I never took it seriously, but now that he shed his other side, so maybe they should have been taken more seriously.

  5. Corrinne Greene:

    To have someone in a position of power espousing sexual assault is not a joke. It's something that needs to be taken seriously.

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