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I UK [dʒəʊk] / US [dʒoʊk] noun [countable]
Word forms "joke":
singular joke plural jokes
1)
a) something you say or do that is intended to make people laugh

Is this some kind of stupid joke?

Greg sprayed her with water as a joke.

make/crack a joke (= say something funny):

The men all sat there drinking beer and cracking jokes.

play a joke on someone (= do something to trick someone):

Stephen decided to play a joke on his teacher.

have a joke with someone (= not be serious in your behaviour towards them):

Sorry – I was only having a little joke with you.

someone's idea of a joke (= an action that someone thinks is funny but you do not):

Hiding my car keys was her idea of a joke.

b) a short story that is funny at the end. The last line of the joke is called the punchline
tell a joke:

Soon the kids relaxed and were laughing and telling jokes.

joke about:

He told us a great joke about a talking dog.

sick joke (= a very unpleasant joke):

a sick joke about a dog in a microwave oven

get the joke (= understand why the story is funny):

Sorry – I don't get the joke. Can you explain it?

2)
a) something that is funny

The nurses thought it was all a huge joke.

English wine is sometimes considered a bit of a joke.

b) something that is so bad or silly that it annoys you

That price is just a joke!

go/get beyond a joke — if a situation goes beyond a joke, it becomes annoying or makes you feel worried

I'm a patient person, but this is getting beyond a joke.


II UK [dʒəʊk] / US [dʒoʊk] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "joke":
present tense I/you/we/they joke he/she/it jokes present participle joking past tense joked past participle joked
to say things that are intended to make someone laugh
joke with:

Jill was laughing and joking with the customers in her shop.

joke about:

You shouldn't joke about such serious things.

joke that:

Helen joked that she would now be irresistible to men.

(all) joking aside/apartspoken used before you say something serious after you have been saying something that was intended to be funny

Joking aside, she's a great actor.

only/just jokingspoken used for saying that what you have just said is not really true

I've lost your car keys. Only joking, they're in my pocket.


Derived word:
jokingly
adverb

Half jokingly, Clare took on the role of teacher.


English dictionary. 2014.

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