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


  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.]


  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


  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. Tereasa petrovich:

    A monks joke

  2. Christina Aguilera:

    Miranda is no joke.

  3. Louisa May Alcott:

    Housekeeping ain't no joke.

  4. Nicholas Boochie:

    I first thought it was a joke.

  5. Bev Penfield:

    Respect women, rape is no joke.

Images & Illustrations of joke

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