joke

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from Latin iocus

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joke (plural jokes)

  1. An amusing story.
    • Gay
      Or witty joke our airy senses moves / To pleasant laughter.
  2. Something said or done for amusement, not in seriousness.
    It was a joke!
    • Alexander Pope
      Enclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke.
  3. (figuratively) The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one
  4. (figuratively) A worthless thing or person.
    Your effort at cleaning your room is a joke.
    The president was a joke.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "joke": old, bad, inside, poor, silly, funny, lame, hilarious, stupid, offensive.

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joke (third-person singular simple present jokes, present participle joking, simple 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. (transitive, dated) To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally.
    to joke a comrade

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English joke.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Quebec) IPA(key): /dʒoʊk/

Noun[edit]

joke f (plural jokes)

  1. (Louisiana, Quebec) joke
    • 2009, Robert Maltais, Le Curé du Mile End, page 195:
      Non, non, c'est juste une joke. Garde-lé, ton vingt piastres.
      No, no, that was a joke. Keep it, your twenty bucks.

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