joker

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

jok·er

noun \ˈjō-kər\

: a person who tells or makes many jokes

: an extra card used in some card games usually as a wild card

: an annoying, stupid, or offensive person

Full Definition of JOKER

1
a :  a person given to joking :  wag
b :  fellow, guy; especially :  an insignificant, obnoxious, or incompetent person <a shame to let a joker like this win — Harold Robbins>
2
:  a playing card added to a pack as a wild card or as the highest-ranking card
3
a (1) :  an ambiguous or apparently immaterial clause inserted in a legislative bill to make it inoperative or uncertain in some respect (2) :  an unsuspected, misleading, or misunderstood clause, phrase, or word in a document that nullifies or greatly alters it
b :  something (as an expedient or stratagem) held in reserve to gain an end or escape from a predicament
c :  an unsuspected or not readily apparent fact, factor, or condition that thwarts or nullifies a seeming advantage

Examples of JOKER

  1. Jokers are wild in this game.
  2. I can't believe I let that joker beat me.
  3. Some joker hit our car.

First Known Use of JOKER

circa 1726

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