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English Dictionary: joke by the DICT Development Group
4 results for joke
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
joke
n
  1. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
    Synonym(s): joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape
  2. activity characterized by good humor
    Synonym(s): jest, joke, jocularity
  3. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    Synonym(s): antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on
  4. a triviality not to be taken seriously; "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"
v
  1. tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
    Synonym(s): joke, jest
  2. act in a funny or teasing way
    Synonym(s): joke, jest
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Joke \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.
                                                                              --Pope.
  
      {In joke}, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously.
  
      {Practical joke}. See under {Practical}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Joke \Joke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Joking}.]
      To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter;
      as, to joke a comrade.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Joke \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}.
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