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

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Other Words from jokey

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

Examples of jokey in a Sentence

the jokey tone of his stories
Recent Examples on the Web CivilWar2 had already been around for a while, appended to far less jokey tweets. Wired, "The True Story of #CivilWar2 and #CivilWarPotluck," 30 Sep. 2019 Another faux pas: using the captions as a place to add jokey commentary. Wired, "The Problem With YouTube's Terrible Closed ‘Craptions’," 1 Oct. 2019 More Stories The point of an official emcee, who introduces an awards show with a long, jokey monologue and then occasionally bursts in to pep things up throughout the night, was much debated earlier this year. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Emmys Missed the Point of Having No Host," 23 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump gave a rambling, jokey speech Thursday night to a friendlier crowd of House Republicans gathered at a Harbor East hotel. Jean Marbella,, "Cheers inside, jeers outside as Trump makes quick visit to Baltimore for GOP retreat," 13 Sep. 2019 This group's playful, jokey dynamic will absolutely remind you of Sam Malone and his loyal customers on Cheers in a comfortable, nostalgic way. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "On Abby’s, Natalie Morales Plays a Bar Owner Who Just Happens to Be Bisexual—and That’s the Point," 28 Mar. 2019 So while that appears to have been more on the jokey side, the two have kept up the public flirtation. Fox News, "Eminem responds to Nicki Minaj dating rumors, says he would like to date her," 29 May 2018 Faced with a flood of upset users, Google claimed that those holidays were too reverent for the jokey nature of a doodle. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "18 years of Google Doodles and the people who hate them," 2 Apr. 2018 The women riff on the subject matter in personal and jokey ways, making time for celebrations of Solange and extended America's Next Top Model gags along the way. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'2 Dope Queens': TV Review," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of jokey

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jokey was circa 1825

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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Jokey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jokey

informal : tending or intended to make people laugh

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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