From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishjokejoke1 /dʒəʊk $ dʒoʊk/ ●●●S2W3 noun [countable]1JOKEsomething that you say or do to make people laugh, especially a funnystory or trickjoke abouta joke about absent-minded professorsI couldn’t go out with someone for a joke, could you?2 →be a joke3 →go/get/be beyond a joke4 →something is no joke5 →somebody can take a joke6 →make a joke (out) of something7 →somebody’s idea of a joke8 →the joke’s on somebody →in-joke, practical joke, → standing jokeat standing1(3)COLLOCATIONSverbstell a joke (=repeat a funny story)He was always telling jokes and making people laugh.make a joke (also crack a joke) (=say something intended to be funny)He was cracking jokes and seemed relaxed and happy.get a joke (=understand a joke and find it funny)She never gets my jokes.laugh at somebody’s jokesA few people laughed at his jokes, but some didn’t find them funny.play a joke on somebody (=trick someone to make people laugh)John’s always playing jokes on his brothers.adjectivesa good/funny jokeI heard a really good joke the other day.a bad/terrible joke (=not funny)Dad was known for his bad jokes.a cruel/sick joke (=very unkind)When I heard he had cancer, at first I thought it was some kind of sick joke.an old jokeIt reminded me of the old joke about the chicken crossing the road.a dirty joke (=about sex)A bunch of boys were telling dirty jokes.a practical joke (=that involves tricking someone)What the workers think is a practical joke, management might regard as sabotage.an inside/a private joke (=that only a few people who are involved in something will understand)After I’d worked there a while, I started to understand some of the inside jokes.a running joke (=in which people always laugh when the same situation happens, or when someone says something)It’s a running joke in our house that my husband can never find his keys.phrasesa joke falls flat (=people don’t find a joke funny)His practical jokes usually fell flat.be the butt of a joke (=be the person a joke is made about, so that people laugh at you)Somehow he’d become the butt of all his classmates’ jokes.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘say a joke’. Say tell a joke.THESAURUSjoke a funny story that you tell people to make them laughWe all sat around telling jokes.Have you heard the joke about the man who found a frog in his soup?funny story a short story that someone tells to make people laughHe was one of those guys who are good at telling funny stories at dinner parties.gag a short joke, especially one told by a professionalentertainerHe’s a great comedian, with plenty of good gags.one-liner a very short joke or funny remarkThere are some memorable one-liners in the film.wisecrack a funny remark or reply, especially one that is said in a very quick and clever wayIt’s a comic masterpiece, packed with classic wisecracks.pun (also play on words) a joke made by mixing up two different meanings of the same word, or two words with the same sounda pun on the words ‘bear’ and ‘bare’The title of the book is a witty play on words. Shakespeare used a lot of puns for comic effect.quip written something funny and clever that someone saysHe made some friendly quip about hair loss, and everyone laughed.
joke• A group of teenagers were standing at the corner, laughing and joking.• I must tell Philippa that I was joking.• Though Cosby joked about it, Ennis' school performance in those years was anything but funny offstage.• When he was a kid he was embarrassed about his height, but now he can joke about it.• Some one joked about opening a tranquilizer concession.• Now he was joking about the rumours of his marriage.• They're a good class to teach. You can joke and have a laugh with them.• Well, okay, he joked, his voicesmooth as glass.• Armed with his BumperFunBook, the minister of Dunlop joked his way around the world at variousfunctions.• I was unresponsive and kept joking with him about it - but I made it clear I wasn't interested.only joking• At the time, she was only joking.• Of course, Fagan was only joking about not having Chaffee back next year.• Bill Shankly was only joking when he said football was more important than life and death.