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joker

[ joh-ker ]SEE DEFINITION OF joker

Synonyms for joker

  • actor
  • banana
  • buffoon
  • card
  • clown
  • comedian
  • comic
  • fool
  • gagster
  • humorist
  • jester
  • jokester
  • prankster
  • punster
  • stooge
  • trickster
  • wag
  • wit
  • cutup
  • droll
  • farceur
  • funster
  • jokesmith
  • josher
  • kidder
  • life of the party
  • quipster
  • second banana
  • stand-up comic
  • straight person
  • top banana
  • wisecracker
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But what strikes me here is that a joker should not have been satisfied with an ordinary Roman coin.

The joker dropped down from the branch almost on top of them.

Come to think of it, what had this joker done with his clothes?

Albion was "consid'able of a joker," Mr. Peaslee reflected gloomily.

Albion Small, who was "consid'able of a joker," suddenly choked.

Then he remembered that Braceway was not that kind of a joker.

The barman had the misfortune to be a joker of the practical kind.

How amusing this big frog, the magician or joker, as you term him.

The joke had been turned against the joker, and in the most primitive and direct way.

As he was ironical and a joker, he spoke of Putois as if he were a real being.

WORD ORIGIN

1729, "jester, merry fellow," agent noun from joke (v.). In generic slang use for "any man, fellow, chap" by 1811, which probably is the source of the meaning "odd face card in the deck" (1868). An 1857 edition of Hoyle's "Games" lists a card game called Black Joke in which all face cards were called jokers.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR JOKER

buffoon

nounclownlike person
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  • clown
  • comedian
  • comic
  • droll
  • fool
  • harlequin
  • jester
  • joker
  • merry-andrew
  • wag
  • zany
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