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EtymologyEdit

From Latin iocus (joke, jest, pastime) (cognates include French jeu and Italian gioco), from Proto-Italic *jokos (word, (playful?) saying), from Proto-Indo-European *iok-o- (word, utterance), from ultimate root Proto-Indo-European *yek- (to speak, utter) (of which distant cognates include Breton iez (language) and German Beichte (confession)). Cognate with French jouer, Italian giocare, Portuguese jogar, and Spanish jugar.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dʒəʊk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dʒoʊk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊk

NounEdit

joke (plural jokes)

  1. An amusing story.
    • John 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 laughably worthless thing or person; a sham.
    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. (intransitive, followed by with) To dupe in a friendly manner for amusement; to mess with, play with.
    Relax, man, I'm just joking with you.
  3. (transitive, dated) To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally.
    to joke a comrade

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DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English joke.

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joke c (singular definite joken, plural indefinite jokes)

  1. joke

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From English joke.

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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.