What is joke?

  • (noun): A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter.
    Example: "He told a very funny joke"
    Synonyms: gag, laugh, jest, jape
    See also — Additional definitions below


A joke is something spoken, written, or done with humorous intention. Jokes may have many different forms, e.g., a single word or a gesture (considered in a particular context), a question-answer, or a whole short story. The word "joke" has a number of synonyms, including wisecrack, gag, prank, quip, jape and jest.

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Types of Jokes - Styles
... The question/answer joke, sometimes posed as a common riddle, has a supposedly straight question and an answer which is twisted for humorous effect puns are often employed ... Of this type are knock-knock joke, light bulb joke, the many variations on "why did the chicken cross the road?", and the class of "What's the difference between a _______ and a ______" joke ... Some jokes require a double act, where one respondent (usually the straight man) can be relied on to give the correct response to the person telling the joke ...
Dutch Oven (practical Joke)
... Flatulence humor refers to any type of joke, practical joke device, or other off-color humor related to flatulence ...
Letters To Laugh-In - Format
... Home viewers mailed their jokes to the program, during which they were read by a panel of four celebrities – two of them Laugh-In regulars ... Each joke was rated on a scale of zero to 100 ... The highest-rated joke that day won the home viewer a prize (such as a trip to Hawaii), while the lowest-rated joke won a trip to "beautiful downtown Burbank" ...
Change (Killing Joke Song)
... Change is an song by Killing Joke, that first appeared on the US release of their debut album, Killing Joke (1980) ... was Tomorrow's World, also off Killing Joke's debut album ...

More definitions of "joke":

  • (verb): Act in a funny or teasing way.
    Synonyms: jest
  • (verb): Tell a joke; speak humorously.
    Synonyms: jest
  • (noun): Activity characterized by good humor.
    Synonyms: jest, jocularity
  • (noun): A triviality not to be taken seriously.
    Example: "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"

Famous quotes containing the word joke:

    The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke. They have introduced an almost insane individualism into that one form of intercourse which is specially and uproariously communal. They have made even levities into secrets. They have made laughter lonelier than tears.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936)

    You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)

    All I can tell you with certainty is that I, for one, have no self, and that I am unwilling or unable to perpetrate upon myself the joke of a self.... What I have instead is a variety of impersonations I can do, and not only of myself—a troupe of players that I have internalised, a permanent company of actors that I can call upon when a self is required.... I am a theater and nothing more than a theater.
    Philip Roth (b. 1933)