from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
- n. A mischievous trick; a prank.
- n. An amusing or ludicrous incident or situation.
- n. Informal Something not to be taken seriously; a triviality: The accident was no joke.
- n. Informal An object of amusement or laughter; a laughingstock: His loud tie was the joke of the office.
- intransitive v. To tell or play jokes; jest.
- intransitive v. To speak in fun; be facetious.
- transitive v. To make fun of; tease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An amusing story.
- n. Something said or done for amusement.
- n. The root cause or main issue, especially an unexpected one
- n. A worthless thing or person.
- v. To do or say something for humourous amusement rather than seriously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport.
- transitive v. To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter.
- intransitive v. To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter; some witty or sportive remark or act; a jest; also, jesting; raillery.
- n. Something not real, or to no purpose; what is not in earnest or actually meant; an illusion.
- n. Synonyms See jest.
- To jest; make merry about something.
- To cast jokes at; make merry with; rally: as, to joke a man about his love-affairs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a triviality not to be taken seriously
- n. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
- n. a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
- v. tell a joke; speak humorously
- v. act in a funny or teasing way
- n. activity characterized by good humor
Latin iocus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Latin iocus (Wiktionary)