jokes, joking, joked
1) N-COUNT: oft N about n A joke is something that is said or done to make you laugh, for example a funny story.

He debated whether to make a joke about shooting rabbits, but decided against it...

No one told worse jokes than Claus.

2) VERB If you joke, you tell funny stories or say amusing things.

[V about n] She would joke about her appearance...

[V with n] Lorna was laughing and joking with Trevor...

[V that] The project was taking so long that Stephen joked that it would never be finished...

[V with quote] `Well, a beautiful spring Thursday would probably be a nice day to be buried on,' Nancy joked.

3) N-COUNT A joke is something untrue that you tell another person in order to amuse yourself.

It was probably just a joke to them, but it wasn't funny to me.

4) VERB If you joke, you tell someone something that is not true in order to amuse yourself.

Don't get defensive, Charlie. I was only joking...

[V with quote] `I wish you made as much fuss of me,' Vera joked, going into the scullery to make some fresh tea.

5) N-SING: a N (disapproval) If you say that something or someone is a joke, you think they are ridiculous and do not deserve respect. [INFORMAL]

It's ridiculous, it's pathetic, it's a joke...

The police investigation was a joke. A total cover-up.

6) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v (emphasis) If you say that an annoying or worrying situation is beyond a joke, you are emphasizing that it is worse than you think is fair or reasonable. [BRIT]

Giving an arsonist a lighter is beyond a joke...

I'm not afraid of a fair fight but this is beginning to get beyond a joke.

7) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you make a joke of something, you laugh at it even though it is in fact rather serious or sad.

I wish I had your courage, Michael, to make a joke of it like that.

8) PHRASE: v-link PHR (emphasis) If you describe a situation as no joke, you are emphasizing that it is very difficult or unpleasant. [INFORMAL]

Two hours on a bus is no joke, is it.

9) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you say that the joke is on a particular person, you mean that they have been made to look very foolish by something.

`For once,' he said, `the joke's on me. And it's not very funny.'

10) PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you say that someone cannot take a joke, you are criticizing them for getting upset or angry at something you think is funny.

`What's the matter with you, Simon?' Curly said. `Can't you take a joke?'

11) CONVENTION (feelings) You say you're joking or you must be joking to someone when they have just told you something that is so surprising or unreasonable that you find it difficult to believe. [SPOKEN]

You're joking. Are you serious?...

One hundred and forty quid for a pair of headphones, you've got to be joking!

you're kidding

English dictionary. 2008.

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