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joke

 (jōk)
n.
1. Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
2. A mischievous trick; a prank: played a joke on his roommate.
3. Something that is of ludicrously poor quality: Their delivery service is a joke.
4. Informal
a. Something not to be taken seriously; a triviality: The accident was no joke.
b. An object of amusement or laughter; a laughingstock: His loud tie was the joke of the office.
v. joked, jok·ing, jokes
v.intr.
1. To tell or play jokes; jest.
2. To speak in fun; be facetious: You have to be joking.
v.tr.
To say or write as a joke.

[Latin iocus; see yek- in Indo-European roots.]

jok′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: joke, witticism, quip, crack, wisecrack, gag
These nouns refer to something that is said or done in order to evoke laughter or amusement. Joke especially denotes an amusing story with a punch line at the end: told jokes at the party. A witticism is a witty, usually cleverly phrased remark: a speech full of witticisms. A quip is a clever, pointed, often sarcastic remark: responded to the tough questions with quips. Crack and wisecrack refer less formally to flippant or sarcastic retorts: made a crack about my driving ability; punished for making wisecracks in class. Gag is principally applicable to a broadly comic remark or to comic by-play in a theatrical routine: one of the most memorable gags in the history of vaudeville.

joke

(dʒəʊk)
n
1. a humorous anecdote
2. something that is said or done for fun; prank
3. a ridiculous or humorous circumstance
4. a person or thing inspiring ridicule or amusement; butt
5. a matter to be joked about or ignored
6. joking apart seriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking
7. no joke something very serious
vb
8. (intr) to tell jokes
9. (intr) to speak or act facetiously or in fun
10. to make fun of (someone); tease; kid
[C17: from Latin jocus a jest]
ˈjokingly adv

joke

(dʒoʊk)

n., v. joked, jok•ing. n.
1. a short humorous anecdote with a punch line.
2. anything said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement.
3. something amusing or ridiculous: I don't see the joke in that.
4. an object of laughter or ridicule, esp. because of being inadequate or sham.
5. a trifling matter: The loss was no joke.
v.i.
7. to speak or act in a playful way.
8. to say something in fun or teasing: I was only joking.
v.t.
9. to subject to jokes; make fun of.
[1660–70; < Latin jocus jest]
jok′ing•ly, adv.

joke

- Latin jocus, "jest, joke," gave us joke.
See also related terms for jest.

joke

When someone makes or cracks a joke, they say something in order to make people laugh.

She would make jokes about her appearance.
We stayed up for hours, laughing and cracking jokes.

A joke is also a clever or funny story that you repeat in order to make people laugh. When joke has this meaning, you say that someone tells a joke.

Tell Uncle Henry the joke you told us.

A joke is also something that is done to make someone appear foolish. When joke has this meaning, you say that someone plays a joke on someone else.

They're playing a joke on you.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'says a joke' or 'does a joke'.

joke


Past participle: joked
Gerund: joking

Imperative
joke
joke
Present
I joke
you joke
he/she/it jokes
we joke
you joke
they joke
Preterite
I joked
you joked
he/she/it joked
we joked
you joked
they joked
Present Continuous
I am joking
you are joking
he/she/it is joking
we are joking
you are joking
they are joking
Present Perfect
I have joked
you have joked
he/she/it has joked
we have joked
you have joked
they have joked
Past Continuous
I was joking
you were joking
he/she/it was joking
we were joking
you were joking
they were joking
Past Perfect
I had joked
you had joked
he/she/it had joked
we had joked
you had joked
they had joked
Future
I will joke
you will joke
he/she/it will joke
we will joke
you will joke
they will joke
Future Perfect
I will have joked
you will have joked
he/she/it will have joked
we will have joked
you will have joked
they will have joked
Future Continuous
I will be joking
you will be joking
he/she/it will be joking
we will be joking
you will be joking
they will be joking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been joking
you have been joking
he/she/it has been joking
we have been joking
you have been joking
they have been joking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been joking
you will have been joking
he/she/it will have been joking
we will have been joking
you will have been joking
they will have been joking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been joking
you had been joking
he/she/it had been joking
we had been joking
you had been joking
they had been joking
Conditional
I would joke
you would joke
he/she/it would joke
we would joke
you would joke
they would joke
Past Conditional
I would have joked
you would have joked
he/she/it would have joked
we would have joked
you would have joked
they would have joked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.joke - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughterjoke - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
gag line, punch line, tag line, laugh line - the point of a joke or humorous story
howler, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow, belly laugh, riot, scream - a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story - an indelicate joke
ethnic joke - a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story - an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line); "she told a funny story"; "she made a funny"
in-joke - a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
one-liner - a one-line joke
shaggy dog story - a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke - a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke - a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
2.joke - activity characterized by good humor
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
drollery, waggery - a quaint and amusing jest
leg-pull, leg-pulling - as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
pleasantry - an agreeable or amusing remark; "they exchange pleasantries"
3.joke - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusementjoke - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
dirty trick - an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
4.joke - a triviality not to be taken seriously; "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"
puniness, slightness, triviality, pettiness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
Verb1.joke - tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
quip, gag - make jokes or quips; "The students were gagging during dinner"
fool around, horse around, arse around, fool - indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about"
pun - make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"
2.joke - act in a funny or teasing way
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
antic, clown, clown around - act as or like a clown

joke

noun
1. jest, gag (informal), wisecrack (informal), witticism, crack (informal), sally, quip, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), pun, quirk, one-liner (informal), jape No one told worse jokes than Claus.
2. jest, laugh, fun, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), lark, sport, frolic, whimsy, jape It was probably just a joke to them, but it wasn't funny to me.
3. farce, nonsense, parody, sham, mockery, absurdity, travesty, ridiculousness The police investigation was a joke. A total cover-up.
4. prank, trick, practical joke, lark (informal), caper, frolic, escapade, antic, jape I thought she was playing a joke on me at first but she wasn't.
5. laughing stock, butt, clown, buffoon, simpleton That man is just a complete joke.
verb
1. jest, kid (informal), fool, mock, wind up (Brit. slang), tease, ridicule, taunt, quip, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), banter, deride, frolic, chaff, gambol, play the fool, play a trick Don't get defensive, Charlie. I was only joking.
Proverbs
"Many a true word is spoken in jest"

joke

noun
1. Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement:
Informal: funny, gag.
Slang: ha-ha.
2. A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
3. Informal. Something or someone uproariously funny or absurd:
Informal: hoot, laugh, scream.
Slang: gas, howl, panic, riot.
4. An object of amusement or laughter:
verb
1. To make jokes; behave playfully:
Informal: clown (around), fool around, fun.
2. To tease or mock good-humoredly:
Informal: kid, rib, ride.
Slang: jive, rag, razz.
Translations
مَزْحَه، مَقْلَبنُكْتَةٌنُكْتَهيَمْزَحيـَمْزَحُ
vtipvtipkovatžertžertovatdělat si legraci
vittighedfortælle vittighedergøre grin medlave sjovmorsomhed
kepponenkujepilavitsaillavitsi
šaliti sevic
mókáziktréfatréfálvicc
brandarigera aî gamni sínusegja brandara, grínast meîspaug, brandari
冗談冗談を言う
농담농담하다
iocus
džiokerisjuokai juokaisjuokingas dalykasjuoktisne juokai
jokotjoks
robiť si žarty
šalašaliti se
skämtskämtavitsrolig historia
เรื่องตลกพูดตลก
şakaşaka yapmaktakılmakşaka olsun diye söylemekgülünç bir şey
lời nói đùanói đùa

joke

[dʒəʊk]
A. N (= witticism, story) → chiste m; (= practical joke) → broma f; (= hoax) → broma f; (= person) → hazmerreír m
what sort of a joke is this?¿qué clase de broma es ésta?
the joke is thatlo gracioso es que ...
to take sth as a joketomar algo a broma
to treat sth as a joketomar algo a broma
it's (gone) beyond a joke (Brit) → esto no tiene nada de gracioso
to crack a jokehacer un chiste
to crack jokes with sbcontarse chistes con algn
they spent an evening cracking jokes togetherpasaron una tarde contándose chistes
for a jokeen broma
one can have a joke with hertiene mucho sentido del humor
is that your idea of a joke?¿es que eso tiene gracia?
he will have his little jokesiempre está con sus bromas
to make a jokehacer un chiste (about sth sobre algo) he made a joke of the disasterse tomó el desastre a risa
it's no jokeno tiene nada de divertido
it's no joke having to go out in this weatherno tiene nada de divertido salir con este tiempo
the joke is on youla broma la pagas
to play a joke on sbgastar una broma a algn
I don't see the jokeno le veo la gracia
he's a standing jokees un pobre hombre
it's a standing joke hereaquí eso siempre provoca risa
I can take a joketengo mucha correa or mucho aguante
he can't take a jokeno le gusta que le tomen el pelo
to tell a jokecontar un chiste (about sth sobre algo)
why do you have to turn everything into a joke?¿eres incapaz de tomar nada en serio?
what a joke! (iro) → ¡qué gracia! (iro)
B. VI (= make jokes) → contar chistes, hacer chistes; (= be frivolous) → bromear
to joke about sth (= make jokes about) → contar chistes sobre algo; (= make light of) → tomarse algo a risa
I was only jokinglo dije en broma, no iba en serio
I'm not jokinghablo en serio
you're joking!; you must be joking!¡no lo dices en serio!
C. CPD joke book Nlibro m de chistes

joke

[ˈdʒəʊk]
n
(verbal)plaisanterie f
to tell a joke → raconter une plaisanterie
it's no joke (= no fun) → ce n'est pas drôle
to go beyond a joke (British)dépasser les bornes
to make a joke of sth → tourner qch à la plaisanterie
(also practical joke) → farce f
to play a joke on sb → jouer un tour à qn, faire une farce à
(ridiculous) to be a joke → être une fumisterie
The decision was a joke → La décision était une fumisterie.
viplaisanter
I'm only joking → Je plaisante.
to joke about sth → plaisanter à propos de qch
you must be joking!, you've got to be joking! → vous voulez rire!

joke

nWitz m; (= hoax)Scherz m; (= prank)Streich m; (inf) (= pathetic person or thing)Witz m; (= laughing stock)Gespött nt, → Gelächter nt; for a jokezum Spaß, zum or aus Jux (inf); I don’t see the jokeich möchte wissen, was daran so lustig ist or sein soll; he treats the school rules as a big jokefür ihn sind die Schulregeln ein Witz; he can/can’t take a jokeer versteht Spaß/keinen Spaß; what a joke!zum Totlachen! (inf), → zum Schießen! (inf); it’s no jokedas ist nicht witzig; the joke is that …das Witzige or Lustige daran ist, dass …; it’s beyond a joke (Brit) → das ist kein Spaß or Witz mehr, das ist nicht mehr lustig; this is getting beyond a joke (Brit) → das geht (langsam) zu weit; the joke was on meder Spaß ging auf meine Kosten; why do you have to turn everything into a joke?warum müssen Sie über alles Ihre Witze machen?, warum müssen Sie alles ins Lächerliche ziehen?; I’m not in the mood for jokesich bin nicht zu(m) Scherzen aufgelegt; to play a joke on somebodyjdm einen Streich spielen; to make a joke of somethingWitze über etw (acc)machen; to make jokes about somebody/somethingsich über jdn/etw lustig machen, über jdn/etw Witze machen or reißen (inf)
viWitze machen, scherzen (geh) (→ about über +acc); (= pull sb’s leg)Spaß machen; I’m not jokingich meine das ernst; you must be joking!das ist ja wohl nicht Ihr Ernst, das soll wohl ein Witz sein; you’re joking!mach keine Sachen (inf)or Witze!; …, he joked…, sagte er scherzhaft

joke

[dʒəʊk]
1. n (verbal) → battuta; (practical joke) → scherzo; (funny story) → barzelletta
to tell a joke → raccontare una barzelletta
to make a joke about sth → fare una battuta su qc
for a joke → per scherzo
what a joke! (iro) → bello scherzo!
it's no joke → non è uno scherzo
the joke is that ... → la cosa buffa è che...
the joke is on you → chi ci perde, comunque, sei tu
it's (gone) beyond a joke → lo scherzo sta diventando pesante
to play a joke on sb → fare uno scherzo a qn
I don't see the joke → non capisco cosa ci sia da ridere
he can't take a joke → non sa stare allo scherzo
2. vischerzare
I was only joking → stavo solo scherzando
you're or you must be joking! → stai scherzando!, scherzi!

joke

(dʒəuk) noun
1. anything said or done to cause laughter. He told/made the old joke about the elephant in the refrigerator; He dressed up as a ghost for a joke; He played a joke on us and dressed up as a ghost.
2. something that causes laughter or amusement. The children thought it a huge joke when the cat stole the fish.
verb
1. to make a joke or jokes. They joked about my mistake for a long time afterwards.
2. to talk playfully and not seriously. Don't be upset by what he said – he was only joking.
ˈjoker noun
1. in a pack of playing-cards, an extra card (usually having a picture of a jester) used in some games.
2. a person who enjoys telling jokes, playing tricks etc.
ˈjokingly adverb
He looked out at the rain and jokingly suggested a walk.
it's no joke
it is a serious or worrying matter. It's no joke when water gets into the petrol tank.
joking apart/aside
let us stop joking and talk seriously. I feel like going to Timbuctoo for the weekend – but, joking apart, I do need a rest!
take a joke
to be able to accept or laugh at a joke played on oneself. The trouble with him is that he can't take a joke.

joke

نُكْتَةٌ, يـَمْزَحُ vtip, vtipkovat fortælle vittigheder, vittighed scherzen, Witz αστειεύομαι, αστείο broma, bromear vitsailla, vitsi blague, blaguer šaliti se, vic scherzare, scherzo 冗談, 冗談を言う 농담, 농담하다 grapje, grappen maken spøk, spøke żart, zażartować brincar, piada шутить, шутка skämt, skämta เรื่องตลก, พูดตลก şaka, şaka yapmak lời nói đùa, nói đùa 开玩笑, 笑话
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