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joke

 
 
pronunciation:
jok
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a short story, usually with a funny ending, that is told to make people laugh.
similar words:
gag, jest
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: jokes, joking, joked
definition 1: to talk or act so as to make people laugh; jest.
Please don't joke around in class.
similar words:
clown, fool, jest
definition 2: to talk in a way that is not serious.
He didn't mean it -- he was only joking.
similar words:
fool, kid
derivation: jokingly (adv.)
Word History
Joke is from a Latin word that originally meant "a game of words."