Joke

Definition of Joke

n.1.
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.
v. t.1.To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.
[imp. & p. p. Joked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Joking.]
v. i.1.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.

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