• (British) IPA: /dʒəʊk/
  • (America) IPA: /dʒoʊk/

joke (plural jokes)

  1. An amusing story.
    • Or witty joke our airy senses moves / To pleasant laughter.
  2. Something said or done for amusement, not in seriousness.
    It was a joke!
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke.
  3. (figuratively) The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one
  4. (figuratively) A laughably worthless thing or person; a sham.
    Your effort at cleaning your room is a joke.
    The president was a joke.
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joke (jokes, present participle joking; past and past participle joked)

  1. (intransitive) To do or say something for amusement rather than seriously.
    I didn’t mean what I said — I was only joking.
  2. (intransitive, followed by with) To dupe in a friendly manner for amusement; to mess with, play with.
    Relax, man, I'm just joking with you.
  3. (transitive, dated) To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally.
    to joke a comrade
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