When you want to laugh with or at someone, you can describe the situation with the word "joke."

You can use this word as a noun:

  • Neville told a funny joke in class yesterday.
  • Comedians make their living telling jokes to large audiences.
  • Do you know any good jokes?
  • There were some really funny jokes in that movie.
  • Let’s play a joke on the teacher. (This is similar to "Let’s play a trick." A person misleads or fools someone else.)
  • This situation is not a joke. It’s very serious.

You can use this word as a verb:

  • Bob and Ali like to joke around with each other.
  • My friend, Gordon, always jokes about losing his job.
  • We all thought Vicky was serious about breaking up with her boyfriend, but she was just joking.
  • You shouldn’t joke about other people’s misfortunes.

Sometimes when something is "a joke," the quality or the experience is not good.

  • The students think the class is a joke. (It’s not a good or helpful class.)
  • His car is a joke. (It’s not a good car.)
  • Tom says his supervisor is a joke. (No one takes the person seriously in his position. His abilities as a supervisor are poor.)

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First published on March 21, 2012