- 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 [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. Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally slang): perhaps from Latin jocus
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BrE BrE//dʒəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊk//joke (with somebody) (about something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they joke
BrE BrE//dʒəʊk//; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊk//he / she / it jokes
BrE BrE//dʒəʊks//; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊks//past simple joked
BrE BrE//dʒəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊkt//past participle joked
BrE BrE//dʒəʊkt//; NAmE NAmE//dʒoʊkt//-ing form joking
BrE BrE//ˈdʒəʊkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒoʊkɪŋ//
used to show that you are now being serious after you have said something funny (informal) used to show that you are very surprised at what somebody has just said No way am I doing that. You must be joking! She's going out with Dan? You're joking!