1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack good-natured jokes.
And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope.
Or witty joke our airy senses moves
To pleasant laughter. --Gay.
2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport.
Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke. --Pope.
In joke, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously.
Practical joke. See under Practical.
Joke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Joked p. pr. & vb. n. Joking.] To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.
Joke, v. i. To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest.
He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- To jest; sport; rally; banter. See Jest.
n 1: a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter;
"he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags";
"thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at
hisown jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to
have some ascertainable point" [syn: gag, laugh, jest,
2: activity characterized by good humor [syn: jest, jocularity]
3: a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
[syn: antic, prank, trick, caper, put-on]
4: a triviality not to be taken seriously; "I regarded his
campaign for mayor as a joke"
v 1: tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he
appears serious" [syn: jest]
2: act in a funny or teasing way [syn: jest]