Synonyms for joke
- bon mot
- shaggy-dog story
- snow job
Antonyms for joke
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JOKE
As it can be "no joke" to them, perhaps it should be no joke to us: though, on reflection, we are not so very like.
At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.
"It was no tiger at all—that was the joke of the thing," said the major.
Then he seemed to consider it best to treat my natural disappointment as a joke.
"Sit it, you mean," said young Bartlett, laughing with the others at his own joke.
The Little Doctor was struggling with the lump in her throat that he should try to joke about it.
"I—I thought you did it just for a joke," said the Little Doctor, weakly.
Even if she only did it for a joke, I think Marian would rather that you had not read them.
The joke was over before the audience had time to realise it was a joke.
I treated it all as a joke, but he solemnly assured me that he meant it.
1660s, joque, "a jest, something done to excite laughter," from Latin iocus "joke, sport, pastime," from PIE root *yek- "to speak" (cf. Breton iez "language," Old High German jehan "to say," German Beichte "confession").
Originally a colloquial or slang word. Meaning "something not to be taken seriously" is 1791. Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804 (earlier handicraft joke, 1741). Black joke is old slang for "smutty song" (1730s), from use of that phrase in the refrain of a then-popular song as a euphemism for "the monosyllable."