you/he/she must be joking

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of you/he/she must be joking

used say that what someone is saying is very surprising or hard to believe
  • "He said the report is due by tomorrow." "He must be joking."

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

he play
  1. : that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare him, his, it, she, they

  2. used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified

  1. : a male person or animal

  2. : one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal

  1. : the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

  1. helium

she play
  1. : that female one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare he, her, hers, it, they

  2. used to refer to one regarded as feminine (as by personification)

  3. used as an alternative to he to refer to a person of unspecified gender

  1. : a female person or animal

  1. : she or he

must play
  1. : be commanded or requested to

  2. : be urged to : ought by all means to

  3. : be compelled by physical necessity to : be required by immediate or future need or purpose to

  1. : an imperative need or duty : requirement

  2. : an indispensable item : essential

  1. : the expressed juice of fruit and especially grapes before and during fermentation

  1. : musk

  2. : mold, mustiness

joke play joking
  1. : something said or done to provoke laughter

  2. : the humorous or ridiculous element in something

  3. : an instance of jesting : kidding

  1. : to make jokes : jest

  2. : to make the object of a joke : kid


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