joker

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noun jok·er \ ˈjō-kər \

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 (such 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 in a Sentence

  1. Jokers are wild in this game.

  2. I can't believe I let that joker beat me.

  3. Some joker hit our car.

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First Known Use of joker

circa 1726


JOKER Defined for English Language Learners

joker

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Definition of joker for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JOKER Defined for Kids

joker

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noun jok·er \ ˈjō-kər \

Definition of joker for Students

1 :a person who says or does things to make others laugh
2 :an extra card used in some card games


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