dad joke

noun

plural dad jokes
informal
: a wholesome joke of the type said to be told by fathers with a punchline that is often an obvious or predictable pun or play on words and usually judged to be endearingly corny or unfunny
He's seen the annual event grow from an Austin oddity to a national event and watched dad jokes, of which puns are the most obvious example, take hold in the millennial consciousness; a dad-joke-devoted Reddit board boasts more than 250,000 members.Peter Rubin
The dad jokes really started pouring in during the later years of Obama's presidency, when the annual turkey pardoning became fertile grounds for embarrassing the now teenage Malia and Sasha. And what better way to do that than with some corny puns about turkeys named Mac and Cheese?Mashable

Examples of dad joke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his awkward dad jokes have raised eyebrows in recent years, with the stalwart host fully committing to an odd voyeurism quip while bantering with White during a 2023 episode. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 The lyrics and delivery are more in the vibe of dad jokes than killer punchlines (which suits Darryl’s character), but the specifics ring true, in part because the writers’ worked from a list provided by GLAAD. Grant Pardee, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2024 So that’s where Trump’s team left it, with a dad joke. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 From there things seemed to be smooth sailing, with all the dad jokes, costume puns, clue packages, and performances (good and bad) fans have come to expect from the show. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 There are plenty of dad jokes and moments of slapstick humor. Bryan West, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 Blue wore custom Vivienne Westwood and smiled gamely throughout Jay-Z’s sweet and corny dad jokes (as well as his explicit criticism of the Recording Academy for never giving Beyoncé album of the year), clinching her status as the world’s coolest 12-year-old. Emma Specter, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 But Tamron Hall went one step further and pit the two comedians (and dads) against one another in a dad joke battle. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2023 The film, chronicling eight years, combats harmful stereotypes about those doing time, but includes enough dad jokes to lighten the mood. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dad joke was in 1987

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“Dad joke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dad%20joke. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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