jok·​ey | \ ˈjō-kē How to pronounce jokey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly joky
jokier; jokiest

Definition of jokey

1 : given to joking
3 : amusingly ridiculous : laughable

Other Words from jokey

jokily \ ˈjō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce jokey (audio) \ adverb
jokiness \ ˈjō-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce jokey (audio) \ noun

Examples of jokey in a Sentence

the jokey tone of his stories
Recent Examples on the Web The film gets in on the MCU act with a jokey mid-credits sequence and then a more dramatic one at the very end, opening the door to a sequel. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 Some of these new books were jokey satires aimed more at parents than children. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 McGill: Joe felt Fred Gwynne was quite jokey as the judge. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 This episode is so jokey that Noel Fielding has to assume the nerd persona and keep the quiz moving. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 1 Jan. 2022 Lennon veers between being sarcastically jokey and seeming to crave attention, as his companion, Yoko Ono, sits next to him, mostly staying quiet. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021 This is a straight-up revenge saga, with Statham as a father out to wreak havoc on the men who killed his teenage son, and the movie, after a jokey stage-setting intro, mostly eschews Ritchie’s usual quips and one-liners. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 11 May 2021 His bluff, sometimes bombastic and often jokey manner — tolerated or even enjoyed during easeful times — has not helped him as the U.K. threatens to start unraveling at the seams. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2021 What started largely as a jokey way to send season’s greetings to friends and family and promote their video-production business became a viral sensation, racking up more than 18 million views to date on YouTube. Charles Passy, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of jokey

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jokey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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