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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 ?
About Nicodemus's usual bedtime--midnight--the village jokers came creeping stealthily through the jimpson weeds and sunflowers toward the lonely frame den.
Every day we see something new in this world; jokes become realities, and the jokers find the tables turned upon them.
During the whole time he was speaking, the queen appeared to be well pleased with the coadjutor's harangue; but terminating as it did with such a phrase, the only one which could be caught at by the jokers, Anne turned around and directed a glance toward her favorites, which announced that she delivered up the coadjutor to their tender mercies.
Thus it happened that his seven ministers were all noted for their accomplishments as jokers.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
That pleased her extremely, and that was only the beginning of the fun, for surprises and presents kept popping out in the most delightful manner all through the day, the Atkinson girls being famous jokers and Rose a favourite.
Your notion of a humanity universally putting out the tongue and taking the pill from pole to pole at the bidding of a few solemn jokers is worthy of the prophet.
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
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.