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[n] a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
[n] activity characterized by good humor
[n] a humorous anecdote or remark
[v] act in a funny or teasing way
[v] tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

Misc. Definitions

\Joke\, n. [L. jocus. Cf {Jeopardy}, {Jocular}, {Juggler}.]
1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack good-natured jokes. And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope. Or witty joke our airy senses moves To pleasant laughter. --Gay.
2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport. Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke. --Pope. {In joke}, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously. {Practical joke}. See under {Practical}.
\Joke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Joked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Joking}.] To make merry with; to make jokes upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.
\Joke\, v. i. [L. jocari.] To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to jest. He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore. --Macaulay. Syn: To jest; sport; rally; banter. See {Jest}.

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