WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
joke /dʒoʊk/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  joked, jok•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a short, humorous story with a word or phrase that ends it and causes laughter.
  2. something amusing or ridiculous:thought the whole episode was a joke.
  3. something not taken seriously:That law is just a joke: no one obeys it.
  4. no joke, a matter of great seriousness:That loss we took was no joke.[it + be + ~]It's no joke exercising every day on that sore leg.

v. [no object]
  1. to speak or act in a playful or merry way:He was joking around instead of working.
  2. to say something in fun or teasing:I was only joking.
jok•ey, jok•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 
jok•ing•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
joke  ( jōk),USA pronunciation n., v.,  joked, jok•ing. 
  1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act:He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
  2. something that is amusing or ridiculous, esp. because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham;
    a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously;
    farce:Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke.
  3. a matter that need not be taken very seriously;
    trifling matter:The loss was no joke.
  4. something that does not present the expected challenge;
    something very easy:The test was a joke for the whole class.
  5. See  practical joke. 

  1. to speak or act in a playful or merry way:He was always joking with us.
  2. to say something in fun or teasing rather than in earnest;
    be facetious:He didn't really mean it, he was only joking.

  1. to subject to jokes;
    make fun of;
  2. to obtain by joking:The comedian joked coins from the audience.
jokeless, adj. 
joking•ly, adv. 
  • Latin jocus jest
  • 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wisecrack, gag, jape, prank, quip, quirk, sally, raillery.
      Joke, jest refer to something said (or done) in sport, or to cause amusement. A
      joke is something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter;
      it may be raillery, a witty remark, or a prank or trick:to tell a joke.Jest, today a more formal word, nearly always refers to joking language and is more suggestive of scoffing or ridicule than is
      joke:to speak in jest.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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. joking apartseriously: said to recall a discussion to seriousness after there has been joking
  6. no jokesomething very serious
  1. (intransitive) to tell jokes
  2. (intransitive) to speak or act facetiously or in fun
  3. to make fun of (someone); tease; kid
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin jocus a jest

ˈjokingly adv

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