Meaning of joke

joke

Pronunciation: ( jōk), [key]
— n., v., joked, jok•ing.
—n.
  1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
  2. something that is amusing or ridiculous, esp. because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce: Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke.
  3. a matter that need not be taken very seriously; trifling matter: The loss was no joke.
  4. something that does not present the expected challenge; something very easy: The test was a joke for the whole class.
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—v.i.
  1. to speak or act in a playful or merry way: He was always joking with us.
  2. to say something in fun or teasing rather than in earnest; be facetious: He didn't really mean it, he was only joking.
—v.t.
  1. to subject to jokes; make fun of; tease.
  2. to obtain by joking: The comedian joked coins from the audience.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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