American English

Definition of joke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    joke (with somebody) (about something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they joke
    he / she / it jokes
    past simple joked
    -ing form joking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to say something to make people laugh; to tell a funny story She was laughing and joking with the children. joke about something They often joked about all the things that could go wrong. + speech “I cooked it myself, so be careful!” he joked.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to say something that is not true because you think it is funny I didn't mean that—I was only joking. joke that… She joked that she only loved him for his money.
  3. Idioms
    joking aside
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    used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny
    you're joking, you must be joking (informal)
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     used to show that you are very surprised at what someone has just said No way am I doing that. You must be joking! She's going out with Dan? You're joking!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: joke