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Meaning of JOKE

Pronunciation:  jowk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  2. [n]  activity characterized by good humor
  3. [n]  a humorous anecdote or remark
  4. [v]  act in a funny or teasing way
  5. [v]  tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

JOKE is a 4 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: antic, caper, gag, jape, jest, jest, jest, jest, jocularity, laugh, prank, put-on, trick, wheeze, yak
 See Also: act, antic, arse around, behave, belly laugh, blackguard, blue joke, blue story, clown, clown around, communicate, dirty joke, dirty story, dirty trick, diversion, do, drollery, ethnic joke, fool, fool around, funny story, gag, gag line, good story, guy, horse around, howler, humor, humour, in-joke, intercommunicate, jest at, laugh at, laugh line, leg-pull, leg-pulling, make fun, one-liner, pleasantry, poke fun, practical joke, pun, punch line, quip, recreation, rib, ridicule, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, tag line, thigh-slapper, visual joke, waggery, wit, witticism, wittiness, wow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Joke\, n. [L. jocus. Cf {Jeopardy}, {Jocular}, {Juggler}.]
    1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something
       witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or
       humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack
       good-natured jokes.
             And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope.
             Or witty joke our airy senses moves To pleasant
             laughter.                             --Gay.
    2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant;
       something done in sport.
             Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke.
    {In joke}, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously.
    {Practical joke}. See under {Practical}.
  2. \Joke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter;
    as, to joke a comrade.
  3. \Joke\, v. i. [L. jocari.]
    To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words
    or actions; to jest.
          He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore.   --Macaulay.
    Syn: To jest; sport; rally; banter. See {Jest}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are telling a joke indicates that you are not being taken seriously and as a result you are feeling frustrated. On the other hand, you may not be taking an issue seriously. Hearing a joke in your dream means that you are doing something that is either pointless or ridiculous. It may also mean a release from tension that had been bothering you.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, absurdity, anecdote, antic, badinage, bagatelle, banter, bauble, be merry with, bean, belly laugh, bibelot, bijouterie, bit, blue story, bon mot, brass farthing, buffoon, burlesque, butt, button, byword, byword of reproach, caper, caricature, cent, chaff, crack, crack a joke, crack wise, curio, derision, dido, dirty joke, dirty story, double entendre, drollery, dupe, ethnic joke, exchange, facetiousness, fair game, farce, farthing, feather, fig, figure of fun, fleabite, fleer at, folderol, fool, fooling, fooling around, fribble, frippery, frolic, fun, funny story, gag, game, gaud, gazingstock, gewgaw, gibe at, gimcrack, give-and-take, goat, good one, good story, good-natured banter, hair, halfpenny, harmless teasing, haze, hill of beans, howler, humor, humorousness, jape, jest, jestbook, jestingstock, jive, jocoseness, jocularity, jolly, josh, kickshaw, kid, kid around, kidding, kidding around, knickknack, knickknackery, laugh, laughingstock, make a funny, make fun, make fun of, minikin, mock, mockery, molehill, monkey, monkeyshine, needle, panic, parody, peppercorn, persiflage, picayune, pilgarlic, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, play, play on words, pleasantry, point, poke fun at, prank, pun, put on, quip, quiz, rag, raillery, rally, rallying, rap, razz, red cent, repartee, rib, rib tickler, ride, ridicule, riot, roast, row of pins, rush, sally, sarcasm, scintillate, scoff at, scream, shit, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, snap, sneeshing, sou, sparkle, sport, stock, story, straw, target, taunt, tease, toy, travesty, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence, twit, two cents, twopence, utter a mot, victim, visual joke, waggery, wheeze, whim-wham, wisecrack, wit, witticism, wittiness, wordplay, wow, yak, yarn