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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: She told jokes at the party. A witticism is a witty, usually cleverly phrased remark: "He said one should treat heavy things lightly and light things with gravity, which became a handy witticism" (Natalie Dykstra).
A quip is a clever, pointed, often sarcastic remark: He responded to the tough questions with quips. Crack and wisecrack refer less formally to flippant or sarcastic retorts: She made a crack about my driving ability; he was punished for making wisecracks in class. Gag is principally applicable to a broadly comic remark or to comic byplay in a theatrical routine: It was one of the most memorable gags in the history of vaudeville.

joking

(ˈdʒəʊkɪŋ)
n
the action of telling funny stories or saying amusing things
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.joking - characterized by jokes and good humor
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"
Translations

joking

[ˈdʒəʊkɪŋ]
A. ADJ [tone] → burlón; [reference] → humorístico
I'm not in a joking moodno estoy para bromas
B. N (= jokes) (practical) → bromas fpl; (verbal) → chistes mpl, cuentos mpl (LAm)
joking apart or asidefuera de bromas ..., hablando en serio ...

joking

[ˈdʒəʊkɪŋ] nplaisanterie f

joking

adj tonescherzhaft, spaßend; in a joking mannerspaßend; it’s no joking matterdarüber macht man keine Witze
nWitze pl; I’m in no mood for jokingich bin nicht zu Scherzen or Späßen aufgelegt; joking apart or asideSpaß or Scherz beiseite

joking

[ˈdʒəʊkɪŋ]
1. adjscherzoso/a
2. nscherzi mpl
References in classic literature ?
Richard, in his student days, had acquired a great reputation for practical joking, and he seemed to relish the dish which was being served up to him in his turn.
Gentlemen, I am joking, and I know myself that my jokes are not brilliant,but you know one can take everything as a joke.
Women who were quite strangers, mere spectators, were watching it excitedly, holding their breath, in fear of losing a single movement or expression of the bride and bridegroom, and angrily not answering, often not hearing, the remarks of the callous men, who kept making joking or irrelevant observations.
Well, then," I says, "joking or no joking, if you hear anything said about a runaway nigger, don't for- get to remember that YOU don't know nothing about him, and I don't know nothing about him.
In The Smiths' epic tune, Bigmouth Strikes Again, you can sense the exasperation and frustration in Morrissey's voice as he sings: "Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head" and, again: "Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed".
Further topics include unsafe joking under repressive regimes, joke lists and list jokes as forms of humor on the internet, the complex dependencies and possibly late emergence of narrative jokes, and the niche of "Jewish jokes.