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 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 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, "Brexit and COVID have slammed the not-so-United Kingdom. Its survival may be in danger," 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, "Matching Christmas Pajamas Are Either the Best or Worst Part of the Holidays," 17 Dec. 2020 In a rather jokey press conference, Trump said Vice President Mike Pence was in charge of the administration’s response to the threat. David Meyer, Fortune, "Trying to cure Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2020 Other barricades also received whimsical or jokey names. oregonlive, "Battle of the Park Blocks at 50: How a shocking burst of violence defined Portland -- and panicked Nixon’s White House," 4 May 2020 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

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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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“Jokey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jokey

informal : tending or intended to make people laugh

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