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.)

Word History

Joke is from a Latin word that originally meant “a game of words.”