joke1 W3S2 [dʒəuk US dʒouk] n
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: jocus]
1.) something that you say or do to make people laugh, especially a funny story or trick
Do you know any good jokes?
joke about
a joke about absent-minded professors
There's no need to make silly jokes , David.
He was always telling jokes and making people laugh.
She never gets my jokes .
She wondered if the others were playing a joke on her.
I couldn't go out with someone for a joke , could you?
They seemed to be sharing a private joke .
What the workers think is a practical joke, management might regard as sabotage.
2.) be a joke informal
to be completely useless, stupid, or unreasonable
The whole meeting was a joke.
3.) go/get/be beyond a joke
a situation that has got beyond a joke has become serious and worrying
This rain's getting beyond a joke - let's go inside.
4.) sth is no joke
used to emphasize that a situation is serious or that someone really means what they say
The risk he's taking is no joke.
It's no joke bringing up a child on your own.
5.) sb can take a joke
used to say that someone is able to laugh at jokes about themselves
Your problem is you just can't take a joke.
6.) make a joke (out) of sth
to treat something serious as if it was intended to be funny
He could not bring himself to apologise. Instead, he tried to make a joke of it.
7.) sb's idea of a joke
spoken a situation that someone else thinks is funny but you do not
Look, if this is your idea of a joke, I don't find it at all funny.
8.) the joke's on sb
used to say that something has happened to make someone seem stupid, especially when they were trying to make other people seem stupid
→↑in-joke, practical joke,standing joke atstanding1 (3)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
crack/make a joke (=say something funny)
tell a joke (=tell a funny story)
get a joke (=understand why something is funny)
play a joke (on somebody) (=trick someone)
as a joke/for a joke British English (=to make people laugh)
private joke (=a joke only a few people understand)
inside joke American English (=a joke that only a few people with knowledge about a particular subject or event will understand)
practical joke (=a trick)
dirty joke (=a joke about sex)
sick joke (=an unpleasant joke)
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'say a joke'. Say tell a joke or tell someone a joke.
joke 2
joke2 S3 v
1.) to say things that are intended to be funny and that you do not really mean
joke about
I never joke about money.
joke with
As we left the hospital he joked with the staff.
joke that
His father joked that his son was trying to put him out of business.
Calm down, Jo, I was only joking .
2.) you're joking/you must be joking [i]also you've got to be joking
spoken used to tell someone that what they are suggesting is so strange or silly that you cannot believe that they are serious
'Tell him.' 'You must be joking - he'd never believe me.'
3.) joking apart/aside
BrE used before you say something serious after you have been joking
>jokingly adv

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