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Definition of joke verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    joke

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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. Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally slang): perhaps from Latin jocus ‘jest, wordplay’.Extra examples Don’t worry, I’m only joking! Everyone just joked around and enjoyed themselves. She was only half joking about being president one day. She’s always joking with her friends. They laughed and joked as they walked along. We joked about the amount of equipment we had to carry. I didn’t mean that—I was only joking. She’s going out with Dan? You’re joking!Idioms
    joking apart (British English), joking aside (British English, North American English)
     
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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
     
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     (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!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: joke