I. noun Etymology: Latin jocus; perhaps akin to Old High German gehan to say, Sanskrit yācati he asks Date: 1670 1. a. something said or done to provoke laughter; especially a brief oral narrative with a climactic humorous twist b. (1) the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2) an instance of jesting ; kidding <
can't take a joke
c. practical joke d. laughingstock 2. something not to be taken seriously ; a trifling matter <
consider his skiing a joke — Harold Callender
— often used in negative constructions <
it is no joke to be lost in the desert
II. verb (joked; joking) Date: 1670 intransitive verb to make jokes ; jest transitive verb to make the object of a joke ; kidjokingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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