Joke - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dʒoʊk|  American pronunciation of the word joke
Brit.  |dʒəʊk|  British pronunciation of the word joke


- a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter(syn: gag, jape, jest, laugh)
- activity characterized by good humor (syn: jest, jocularity)
- a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement (syn: antic, caper, prank, put-on, trick)
- a triviality not to be taken seriously


- tell a joke; speak humorously(syn: jest)
- act in a funny or teasing way (syn: jest)


She meant it as a joke, but many people took her seriously.

They played a harmless joke on him.

They are always making jokes about his car.

I heard a funny joke yesterday.

the punch line of a joke

I didn't get the joke.

That exam was a joke.

Their product became a joke in the industry.

He's in danger of becoming a national joke.

My friends would joke about the uniform I had to wear at work.

She joked about the possibility of losing her job.

I thought he was joking when he said he might quit, but it turned out that he really meant it.

Don't take it seriously: I was only joking.

She spent a few minutes joking with reporters after giving her speech.

She joked that she could always get work as a truck driver if she lost her job.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: joke
he/she/it: jokes
present participle: joking
past tense: joked
past participle: joked
singular: joke
plural: jokes
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