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English noun: joke

1. joke (communication) a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

SamplesHe told a very funny joke.
He knows a million gags.
Thanks for the laugh.
He laughed unpleasantly at his own jest.
Even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point.

Synonymsgag, jape, jest, laugh

Broader (hypernym)humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

Narrower (hyponym)belly laugh, blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story, ethnic joke, funny, funny remark, funny story, good story, howler, in-joke, one-liner, riot, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, thigh-slapper, visual joke, wow

Part holonymgag line, laugh line, punch line, tag line

2. joke (act) activity characterized by good humor

Synonymsjest, jocularity

Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)drollery, leg-pull, leg-pulling, pleasantry, waggery

3. joke (act) a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement

Synonymsantic, caper, prank, put-on, trick

Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)dirty trick, practical joke

4. joke (attribute) a triviality not to be taken seriously

SamplesI regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke.

Broader (hypernym)pettiness, puniness, slightness, triviality

English verb: joke

1. joke (communication) tell a joke; speak humorously

SamplesHe often jokes even when he appears serious.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)arse around, fool, fool around, gag, horse around, pun, quip

2. joke (body) act in a funny or teasing way


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

Narrower (hyponym)antic, clown, clown around

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