Meaning of joker
Pronunciation: ( jō'kur), [key]
- a person who jokes.
- one of two extra playing cards in a pack, usually imprinted with the figure of a jester, used in some games as the highest card or as a wild card.
- a clause or expression inserted in a legislative bill with the unavowed object of defeating the ostensible purpose of the bill if passed.
- a seemingly minor, unsuspected clause or wording that is put into an agreement, legal document, etc., to change its effect.
- an unexpected or final fact, factor, or condition that changes or reverses a situation or result completely: He gave her a beautiful diamond engagement ring, but the joker was that it was stolen!
- any method, trick, or expedient for getting the better of another: They pulled a joker on us to get better seats.
- a man; fellow; chap: That joker is earning twice as much as I am.
- a person who thinks he or she is very funny; prankster: Who's the joker who frosted the cake with shaving cream?
- a wise guy; wiseacre; smart aleck: Tell that joker to stop using my parking space.
- joker (Thesaurus)