joke Definition

a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline.

Using joke: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "joke" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He told a joke about a chicken crossing the road.

  • Example

    She made a joke about his haircut.

  • Example

    The comedian's jokes had the audience in stitches.

  • Example

    I don't get the joke.

joke Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for joke

Antonyms for joke

Idioms Using joke

  • to treat a serious matter as if it were amusing or trivial


    He always makes a joke out of everything, even when it's not appropriate.

  • the person or group of people who are the target of a joke


    He felt like the butt of the joke when everyone laughed at his mistake.

  • to be able to laugh at oneself or take teasing without getting upset


    She can't take a joke and gets offended easily.

Phrases with joke

  • to tell a joke


    He cracked a joke to lighten the mood.

  • play a joke on someone

    to trick or deceive someone for amusement


    They played a joke on their friend by hiding his car keys.

  • used to emphasize that something is serious or true and not a matter of amusement


    The hike was no joke; it took us six hours to reach the summit.

Origins of joke

from Latin 'jocus', meaning 'jest'


Summary: joke in Brief

A 'joke' [dʒəʊk] is a humorous statement or story intended to make people laugh. It can be a witty remark, a prank, or a funny anecdote, as in 'He told a joke about a chicken crossing the road.' 'Joke' also appears in idioms like 'make a joke out of something,' which means to treat a serious matter lightly, and 'take a joke,' which means to be able to laugh at oneself.

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