part of speech: noun
definition: a short story, usually with a funny ending, that is told to make people laugh.
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.
definition 2: to talk in a way that is not serious.
- He didn’t mean it — he was only joking.
derivation: jokingly (adv.)
Joke is from a Latin word that originally meant “a game of words.”