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joke

Definitions

  • A GOOD JOKE
    A GOOD JOKE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v joke act in a funny or teasing way
    • v joke tell a joke; speak humorously "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
    • n joke a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    • n joke activity characterized by good humor
    • n joke a triviality not to be taken seriously "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"
    • n joke a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter "he 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mr. Swift MacNeill's little joke Mr. Swift MacNeill's little joke

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over one million Pet Rocks were sold in 1975, makine Gary Dahl, of Los Gatos, California, a millionaire. He got the idea while joking with friends about his pet that was easy to take care of, which was a rock
    • Joke Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport. "Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke ."
    • Joke 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; as, to crack good-natured jokes . "And gentle dullness ever loves a joke .""Or witty joke our airy senses moves
      To pleasant laughter."
    • v. i Joke To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest. "He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore."
    • v. t Joke To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The song with the longest title is "I?m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin? Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues" written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945. He later claimed the song title ended with ?Yank? and the rest was a joke
    • n joke Something said or done for the sake of exciting laughter; some witty or sportive remark or act; a jest; also, jesting; raillery.
    • n joke Something not real, or to no purpose; what is not in earnest or actually meant; an illusion.
    • n joke Synonyms See jest.
    • joke To jest; make merry about something.
    • joke To cast jokes at; make merry with; rally: as, to joke a man about his love-affairs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Nicholas County, W. Va., no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.
    • n Joke jōk a jest: a witticism: something witty or sportive: anything said or done to excite a laugh
    • v.t Joke to cast jokes at: to banter: to make merry with
    • v.i Joke to jest: to be merry: to make sport
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Quotations

  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue -- agree with him.”
  • Will Rogers
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    “Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.”
  • Will Rogers
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    “I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

Idioms

Broke as a joke and it ain't funny - This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
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Butt of a joke - If something or someone becomes the butt of a joke it or they are not taken seriously anymore.
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Practical joke - A practical joke is a trick played on someone that is meant to be funny for people watching, though normally embarrassing for the person being tricked.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. jocus,. Cf Jeopardy Jocular Juggler

Usage

In literature:

He went on well for a few seconds, apparently thinking it a good joke, till a roller overtook him.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
She'd probably resent a letter of the sort, thinking we were trying to play some kind of joke on her.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
You see, I knew the joke.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
I want you to understand this is no joke, sir!
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I can tell you it's no joke wheeling that pram up the hills.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
They all seemed to look upon the thing as a good joke.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
It would be such an exquisite joke.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
She made others the subject of jokes, and was prepared to be joked upon herself.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He was always playing some practical joke.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
The others, who are warming with their conversation, treat the joke with silent contempt.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
But didn't you boys know about the joke we made up on him about those tracks?
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Monsieur knows a good joke.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
Jim, you're joking, and it's a joke of doubtful taste.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
Meanwhile Dick was looking on eagerly with a chuckle of anticipation, as one who watches the dawning appreciation of an excellent joke.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
He has joked about it with the gentlemen of his Court.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
And it is in the very nature of the best sort of joke to be the worst sort of insult if it is not taken as a joke.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Why should we live only for posterity, when, as the old joke says, posterity has done nothing for us!
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
For after all, it's a joke, a whale of a joke.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
No matter how sincere Taterleg might have been in this or any other affair, to the Duke it was only a joke.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
But she had allowed this Jack to make a joke of it all, and had rather liked the joke.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Away the quivering body he drew,
And propp’d it against an oak;
Then back he rode the long, long way,
He’s thought of a wondrous joke.
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Dearest!
You know you ever ARE the nearest
To my fond heart.
Joking apart,
I swear, by all the silly stars above you,
Darling, I love you! ...
"A Love Letter" by C J Dennis
He adds, that I have oft got drunk —
Oft dally'd with some common punk —
A thousand times the sabbath broke,
And of religion made a joke.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Livin' an' lovin'; learnin' to fergive
The deeds an' words of some un'appy bloke
Who's missed the bus—so 'ave I come to live,
An' take the 'ole mad world as 'arf a joke.
"The Mooch O' Life" by C J Dennis
Quiet, yet fond of a laugh and a joke,
Though at times he took other moods, and then
He would only look up for a five minutes' smoke,
Then take to the shovel and pick again.
"Duncan Weir" by Alexander Anderson
Vainly he strove, with ready wit,
To joke about the weather -
To ventilate the last 'ON DIT' -
To quote the price of leather -
She groaned "Here I and Sorrow sit:
Let us lament together!"
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

At first, Allen and Mary Voelcker thought their obstetrician was joking.
They held hands and joked together at the MoMA after-party.
The days became temp jobs at banks on Wilshire (my MFA in playwriting a joke) and substitute teaching for LAUSD.
Creston 's rodeo clown was behind racist joke.
Creston 's rodeo clown was behind racist joke The Tribune & SanLuisObispo.com.
The "empty chair" jokes practically make themselves.
A hilarious bigfoot joke took a tragic turn.
Lance Berkman, left, jokes with Nick Punto during Tuesday's workout.
"I don't know if you know this or not, but I was going to have him as a kick returner all along," Phillips joked.
"I love directing Brett's work, but it's a joke between us that we had to move to LA to work together," says Dado, director of Brett Neveu's brand-new Megacosm at A Red Orchid.
Sure, there are nudges and inside jokes, but the entire show is built upon.
Make all the jokes you want, but there really is a big difference between white and dark meat turkey.
Matthew Lemond (left) and Carlos Serrano (right), the owners of downtown Mobile's new Pita Pit franchise, like to joke they might have missed their callings as the company's mascot, Pita Pete.
Omar Vizquel jokes around with Alexei Ramirez during a pitching change.
Mitt Romney's "favorite time of the year," he joked, "because he gets to turn the clock back.".
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In science:

Of course this is a joke, physics is not a part of mathematics.
Twisted de Rham cohomology, homological definition of the integral and "Physics over a ring"
It seems not to be a joke that on February 5, 1897, the House of Representatives of the State of Indiana unanimously passed a bill which would have supported such a new mathematical truth [Ind97].
From the long jump random walk to the fractional Laplacian
The rest of the jokes are constructed according to the principle which can be called ”the ambiguity scheme”.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Computer modelling of the more complex jokes involves the need to identify a complete set of images the average human brain contains and to establish the correct associative connections between these images.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Jokes and their relation to the unconscious (Norton, New York, 1960).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Certainly, this joke has found its path to the ISMD99 participants as it reflected worries about the future path of HEP towards an era dominated by a single laboratory.
Experimental summary of ISMD10
The current symposium marks three important events: We are celebrating 40th anniversary (the Roman number XL which was a source of various jokes, most of which referred to an extra-large meeting).
Experimental summary of ISMD10
For those of you who still do not get the Prince joke, please send email to me at the address given.
QCD at High Energies
Compact, four dimensional hyperk¨ahler manifolds are called K3 manifolds (this is part of an elaborate joke having to do with the famous Himalayan peak K2).
M Theory and Cosmology
We created our own small Web community consisting of several thousand Web pages, each containing a joke/quotation gathered from online databases.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
Users had the option to rate the funniness of the jokes/quotations they visit.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
The material we started with consisted of a large number of jokes gathered from online databases.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
Since most Web pages have very low PageRank, we needed a large number of nonfunny items to match the distribution, so we chose to supplement jokes with quotations.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
Each joke and quotation was converted into a single Web page on our site.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
Users: We advertised our site daily over a period of 45 days, and encouraged visitors to rate whichever jokes and quotations they decided to view.
Shuffling a Stacked Deck: The Case for Partially Randomized Ranking of Search Engine Results
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