Synonyms for joke


Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : johk
Phonetic Transcription : dʒoʊk

Top 10 synonyms for joke Other synonyms for the word joke

Définition of joke

Origin :
  • 1660s, joque, "a jest, something done to excite laughter," from Latin iocus "joke, sport, pastime," from PIE root *yek- "to speak" (cf. Breton iez "language," Old High German jehan "to say," German Beichte "confession").
  • Originally a colloquial or slang word. Meaning "something not to be taken seriously" is 1791. Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804 (earlier handicraft joke, 1741). Black joke is old slang for "smutty song" (1730s), from use of that phrase in the refrain of a then-popular song as a euphemism for "the monosyllable."
  • noun fun, quip
  • noun person that is made fun of
  • verb kid, tease
Example sentences :
  • As it can be "no joke" to them, perhaps it should be no joke to us: though, on reflection, we are not so very like.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870 » by Various
  • At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • "It was no tiger at all—that was the joke of the thing," said the major.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • Then he seemed to consider it best to treat my natural disappointment as a joke.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • "Sit it, you mean," said young Bartlett, laughing with the others at his own joke.
  • Extract from : « In the Midst of Alarms » by Robert Barr
  • The Little Doctor was struggling with the lump in her throat that he should try to joke about it.
  • Extract from : « Chip, of the Flying U » by B. M. Bower
  • "I—I thought you did it just for a joke," said the Little Doctor, weakly.
  • Extract from : « Chip, of the Flying U » by B. M. Bower
  • Even if she only did it for a joke, I think Marian would rather that you had not read them.
  • Extract from : « Her Father's Daughter » by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • There was a joke in The Twiddley Bits that went down everywhere.
  • Extract from : « The Foolish Lovers » by St. John G. Ervine
  • The joke was over before the audience had time to realise it was a joke.
  • Extract from : « The Foolish Lovers » by St. John G. Ervine

Antonyms for joke

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