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joke

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noun \ˈjōk\

Simple Definition of joke

  • : something said or done to cause laughter

  • : a brief story with a surprising and funny ending

  • : someone or something that is not worth taking seriously

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of joke

  1. 1 a :  something said or done to provoke laughter; especially :  a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b (1) :  the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2) :  an instance of jesting :  kidding <can't take a joke> c :  practical joke d :  laughingstock

  2. 2 :  something not to be taken seriously :  a trifling matter <consider his skiing a joke — Harold Callender> —often used in negative constructions <it is no joke to be lost in the desert>

Examples of joke in a sentence

  1. She meant it as a joke, but many people took her seriously.

  2. They played a harmless joke on him.

  3. They are always making jokes about his car.

  4. I heard a funny joke yesterday.

  5. the punch line of a joke

  6. I didn't get the joke.

  7. That exam was a joke.

  8. Their product became a joke in the industry.

  9. He's in danger of becoming a national joke.



Origin and Etymology of joke

Latin jocus; perhaps akin to Old High German gehan to say, Sanskrit yācati he asks


First Known Use: 1670


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joke

verb

Simple Definition of joke

  • : to say things that are meant to cause laughter : to make jokes about someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of joke

joked

joking

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make jokes :  jest

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make the object of a joke :  kid

jokingly

play \ˈjō-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of joke in a sentence

  1. My friends would joke about the uniform I had to wear at work.

  2. She joked about the possibility of losing her job.

  3. I thought he was joking when he said he might quit, but it turned out that he really meant it.

  4. Don't take it seriously: I was only joking.

  5. She spent a few minutes joking with reporters after giving her speech.

  6. She joked that she could always get work as a truck driver if she lost her job.



1670

First Known Use of joke

1670



JOKE Defined for Kids

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joke

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noun \ˈjōk\

Definition of joke for Students

  1. 1 :  something said or done to cause laughter or amusement <They hid his shoes as a joke.>

  2. 2 :  a very short story with a funny ending that is a surprise <The boys sat around telling jokes.>

  3. 3 :  something not worthy of being taken seriously <Her excuse was a joke.>




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joke

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verb

Definition of joke for Students

joked

joking

  1. 1 :  to say or do something to cause laughter or amusement

  2. 2 :  to make funny remarks <The children joked about my cooking.>





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