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jok·er

 (jō′kər)
n.
1.
a. One who tells or plays jokes.
b. An insolent person who seeks to make a show of cleverness.
c. Informal An annoying or inept person: Some joker is blocking my driveway.
2. Games A playing card, usually printed with a picture of a jester, used in certain games as the highest-ranking card or as a wild card.
3. A clause that is included in a legislative bill or a contract in order to render the bill or contract inoperative or oppressive in some respect while appearing to be innocuous until the harm has been done.
4. An unforeseen but important difficulty, fact, or circumstance.
5. A deceptive means of getting the better of someone.

joker

(ˈdʒəʊkə)
n
1. a person who jokes, esp in an obnoxious manner
2. slang often derogatory a person: who does that joker think he is?.
3. (Card Games) an extra playing card in a pack, which in many card games can substitute for or rank above any other card
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US a clause or phrase inserted in a legislative bill in order to make the bill inoperative or to alter its apparent effect

jok•er

(ˈdʒoʊ kər)

n.
1. a person who jokes.
2. one of two extra playing cards in a pack, usu. imprinted with the figure of a jester, used in some games as the highest card or as a wild card.
3. a seemingly minor clause or expression inserted in a legal document, legislative bill, etc., to change its effect.
4. an unexpected or final element that completely changes or reverses a situation or result.
5. an expedient for getting the better of someone.
6. Informal. a person considered unworthy of respect.
7. a prankster or wise guy.
[1720–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.joker - a person who enjoys telling or playing jokesjoker - a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes
comedian, comic - a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
2.joker - a person who does something thoughtless or annoyingjoker - a person who does something thoughtless or annoying; "some joker is blocking the driveway"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
3.joker - an inconspicuous clause in a document or bill that affects its meaning in a way that is not immediately apparent; "when I demanded my money he showed me the joker in the contract"
clause, article - a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
4.joker - a playing card that is usually printed with a picture of a jester
playing card - one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

joker

noun comedian, comic, wit, clown, wag, kidder (informal), jester, dag (N.Z. informal), prankster, buffoon, trickster, humorist He is, by nature, a joker, a witty man with a sense of fun.

joker

noun
A person whose words or actions provoke or are intended to provoke amusement or laughter:
Informal: card.
Translations
جوكَر في وَرَق اللعبمَزّاح
šprýmařžolík
jokerspøgefugl
jokeri
dzsókermókás ember
jókerspaugfugl
ジョーカー
figliaržolík
jokerşakacı kimse

joker

[ˈdʒəʊkəʳ] N
1. (= wit) → chistoso/a m/f, guasón/ona m/f; (= practical joker) → bromista mf
2. (= idiot) → payaso/a m/f; (stronger) → idiota mf
some joker will always start singingsiempre hay algún payaso que se pone a cantar
3. (Cards) → comodín m
he's the joker in the pack (fig) → es el gran desconocido, el la gran incógnita

joker

[ˈdʒəʊkər] n
(= person) → plaisantin m, blagueur/euse m/f
(CARDS)joker m

joker

n
(= person)Witzbold m, → Spaßvogel m
(inf)Typ m (inf), → Kerl m (inf)
(Cards) → Joker m; he’s/it’s the joker in the pack (esp Brit) → er/es ist ein Unsicherheitsfaktor, er/es ist eine unbekannte Größe

joker

[ˈdʒəʊkəʳ] n
a. (amusing) → burlone/a (fam, pej) → buffone/a
b. (Cards) → jolly m inv, matta

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.
References in classic literature ?
And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker.
jolly is the gale, And a joker is the whale, A' flourishin' his tail, -- Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean, oh
The joker spent the remainder of the night, after church, in the cellar of a deserted house, and Nicodemus sat on the cellar door till toward breakfast-time to make sure that the prisoner remembered that if any noise was made, some rough treatment would be the consequence.
Said his brother William was the cussedest joker in the world, and hadn't tried to write -- HE see William was going to play one of his jokes the minute he put the pen to paper.
He took a couple of strides and halted behind the unsuspecting joker.
Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees--BLOOD.
It was a great jest of his, I recollect, to pretend that he couldn't keep his teeth from chattering, whenever mention was made of an Alguazill in connexion with the adventures of Gil Blas; and I remember that when Gil Blas met the captain of the robbers in Madrid, this unlucky joker counterfeited such an ague of terror, that he was overheard by Mr.
He drew his sword entirely from the scabbard, and followed him, crying, "Turn, turn, Master Joker, lest I strike you behind
Well, monsieur, my Menneville spitted the joker, to the great astonishment of the spectators, and said to the cook: -- `Take this goose, my friend, it is fatter than your fowl.
The last of them proved to be their commander, the identical giant joker already mentioned.
Some joker had written to him about a seafaring man with some such name who was sup- posed to be hanging about some girl or other, either in Colebrook or in the neighbourhood.
Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine; but certain it is that a lean joker is a rara avis in terris.