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I UK [dʒəʊk] / US [dʒoʊk] noun [countable]
Word forms "joke":
singular joke plural jokes
a) something you say or do that is intended to make people laugh

Is this some kind of stupid joke?

Greg sprayed her with water as a joke.

make/crack a joke (= say something funny):

The men all sat there drinking beer and cracking jokes.

play a joke on someone (= do something to trick someone):

Stephen decided to play a joke on his teacher.

have a joke with someone (= not be serious in your behaviour towards them):

Sorry – I was only having a little joke with you.

someone's idea of a joke (= an action that someone thinks is funny but you do not):

Hiding my car keys was her idea of a joke.

b) a short story that is funny at the end. The last line of the joke is called the punchline
tell a joke:

Soon the kids relaxed and were laughing and telling jokes.

joke about:

He told us a great joke about a talking dog.

sick joke (= a very unpleasant joke):

a sick joke about a dog in a microwave oven

get the joke (= understand why the story is funny):

Sorry – I don't get the joke. Can you explain it?

a) something that is funny

The nurses thought it was all a huge joke.

English wine is sometimes considered a bit of a joke.

b) something that is so bad or silly that it annoys you

That price is just a joke!

go/get beyond a joke — if a situation goes beyond a joke, it becomes annoying or makes you feel worried

I'm a patient person, but this is getting beyond a joke.

II UK [dʒəʊk] / US [dʒoʊk] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "joke":
present tense I/you/we/they joke he/she/it jokes present participle joking past tense joked past participle joked
to say things that are intended to make someone laugh
joke with:

Jill was laughing and joking with the customers in her shop.

joke about:

You shouldn't joke about such serious things.

joke that:

Helen joked that she would now be irresistible to men.

(all) joking aside/apartspoken used before you say something serious after you have been saying something that was intended to be funny

Joking aside, she's a great actor.

only/just jokingspoken used for saying that what you have just said is not really true

I've lost your car keys. Only joking, they're in my pocket.

Derived word:

Half jokingly, Clare took on the role of teacher.

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