- 1A thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline: she was in a mood to tell jokesMore example sentences
- Bill Cosby may have gained his fame and fortune telling jokes and funny stories.
- He always had a great sense of humour and even during his illness he could still tell a joke or funny story.
- He tells the funniest jokes and stories and he ends up dominating every conversation.
- 1.1A trick played on someone for fun: the others were playing a joke on herMore example sentences
- Speeches often take place on a raised stage at the front, and this area also acts as the setting for many of the jokes and tricks played on the new couple.
- Jay knew she wasn't invited, and this was all a big joke… a trick!
- Either way, the point was, it was all a trick, a joke, a scam - whatever you wanted to call it.
- 1.2 [in singular] • informal A person or thing that is ridiculously inadequate: public transport is a jokeMore example sentences
- What a ridiculous joke - but it illustrates how far some will go to rationalize their behavior.
- Although I hear the minimum system requirements are a joke and you really need an alien computer from the future in order to play it in its full-featured adulterous glory.
- The system is a joke and the fact that employers can still find people to work under the table proves the job hunting clubs are ineffective and symbolize a bureaucracy gone mad.
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- 1Make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly: she could laugh and joke with her colleagues (as adjective joking) a joking mannerMore example sentences
tell jokes, crack jokes; jest, banter, quipfool about/around, play a prank, play a trick, play a joke, play a practical joke, tease, hoax, pull someone's leg, mess someone about/around• informal kid, make a monkey out of someoneBritish • informal , • dated rot someone
- The commentators joke with each other in the easy manner that comes with long hours spent together.
- I joke about the stalking stuff on the other blog.
- People ask me that all the time and they joke with me.
be no joke
- • informal Be a serious matter or difficult undertaking: trying to shop with three children in tow is no jokeMore example sentences
- To me that is no joke, should be taken seriously, and, I believe, is a vile form of self-expression.
- He said: ‘I was chased for 16 miles yesterday and it was no joke, I can tell you.’
- I was reprimanded as she told me this was no joke.
can (or can't) take a joke
- Be able (or unable) to receive humorous remarks or tricks in the spirit in which they are intended: if you can’t take a joke, you should never have joinedMore example sentences
- I should have added that they can't take a joke either.
- The British like to imagine that they are easy-going and can take a joke while not taking matters too seriously.
- I love a girl who can take a joke, who's ready for anything.
get (or be or go) beyond a joke
- • informal Become (or be) something that is serious or worrying: this rain’s getting beyond a jokeMore example sentences
- It was beyond a joke, driving for five miles round and round the car parks, waiting for people to come out.
- He said: ‘The problem has been going on for months and it is beyond a joke.’
- A spokesman for Mr Turner said: ‘It is getting beyond a joke.’
- Said to indicate that one is being serious, especially after making a joke: joking apart, I really appreciate this sort of helpMore example sentences
- Joking apart, the RBS Group corporate report is a document of historic importance.
- Joking apart, Faldo is still held in awe by the younger players.
- Joking apart, my husband has been moaning at me for weeks to fly to the UK where I would be safe.
make a joke of
- Laugh or be humorous about (something that is not funny in itself): if there is a mishap you can make a joke of itMore example sentences
- I tried to make a joke of it, but my laugh was fake, a desperate tint to it, well the whole thing seemed desperate actually.
- But the woman brushed him off, making a joke of his request.
- Even making a joke of it initially may break the ice and make you come across somewhat less adversarial.
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- He had this habit of teasing and jokingly degrading every member of the class who caught his eye.
- So today I ask him, jokingly, why he didn't become a world-famous rapper.
- Even in his own home, he is jokingly referred to as the Dinosaur.
late 17th century (originally slang): perhaps from Latin jocus 'jest, wordplay'.