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JOKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does joke mean? 

JOKE (noun)
  The noun JOKE has 4 senses:

1. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
2. activity characterized by good humor
3. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
4. a triviality not to be taken seriously

  Familiarity information: JOKE used as a noun is uncommon.


JOKE (verb)
  The verb JOKE has 2 senses:

1. tell a joke; speak humorously
2. act in a funny or teasing way

  Familiarity information: JOKE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


JOKE (noun)


Sense 1joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh

Context examples:

he told a very funny joke / he knows a million gags / thanks for the laugh / he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest / even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point

Hypernyms ("joke" is a kind of...):

humor; humour; wit; witticism; wittiness (a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter)

Meronyms (parts of "joke"):

gag line; laugh line; punch line; tag line (the point of a joke or humorous story)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "joke"):

sight gag; visual joke (a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie))

sick joke (a joke in bad taste)

shaggy dog story (a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness)

one-liner (a one-line joke)

in-joke (a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people)

funny; funny remark; funny story; good story (an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line))

ethnic joke (a joke at the expense of some ethnic group)

blue joke; blue story; dirty joke; dirty story (an indelicate joke)

belly laugh; howler; riot; scream; sidesplitter; thigh-slapper; wow (a joke that seems extremely funny)


Sense 2joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Activity characterized by good humor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

jest; joke; jocularity

Hypernyms ("joke" is a kind of...):

diversion; recreation (an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "joke"):

drollery; waggery (a quaint and amusing jest)

leg-pull; leg-pulling (as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true)

pleasantry (an agreeable or amusing remark)


Sense 3joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

antic; prank; joke; put-on; trick; caper

Hypernyms ("joke" is a kind of...):

diversion; recreation (an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "joke"):

dirty trick (an unkind or aggressive trick)

practical joke (a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish))


Sense 4joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A triviality not to be taken seriously

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke

Hypernyms ("joke" is a kind of...):

pettiness; puniness; slightness; triviality (the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous)


JOKE (verb)


Sense 1joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tell a joke; speak humorously

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

jest; joke

Context example:

He often jokes even when he appears serious

Hypernyms (to "joke" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "joke"):

gag; quip (make jokes or quips)

arse around; fool; fool around; horse around (indulge in horseplay)

pun (make a play on words)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2joke [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in a funny or teasing way

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

jest; joke

Hypernyms (to "joke" is one way to...):

act; behave; do (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "joke"):

antic; clown; clown around (act as or like a clown)

Sentence frame:

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