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EtymologyEdit

From the same stem as joks (joke), made into a 2nd-conjugation verb stem (ending -ot). First attested in 18th-century sources.[1]

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VerbEdit

jokot intr., 2nd conj., pres. jokoju, joko, joko, past jokoju

  1. to joke, to jest, to make fun of something (to say or do something in order to amuse, to cause laughter)
    viņš mēdz jokothe tends to joke
    viņš centās jokot, bet pats apjauta, ka joks nav izdevieshe tried to joke, but realized himself that the joke had failed
  2. to joke (to say or do something not meant to be taken seriously)
    tam nevar ticēt, viņš tikai jokoyou can't believe that one, he only jokes
    to viņš teica jokodamshe said it jokingly (= not seriously)
    es jokoju, bet viņš nopietni atbildējaI was (only) joking, but he answered seriously
  3. to joke, to play (to act recklessly, imprudently)
    nejoko ar indīgām vielām!don't play (lit. joke) with poisonous substances!
    ar civēku jūtām nevar jokotone can't play (lit. joke) with people's feelings

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “joks”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7