Synonyms of joke in English:


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1‘they sat round the table telling jokes’

funny story, jest, witticism, quip, pleasantry
pun, play on words
shaggy-dog story, old chestnut, double entendre
informal gag, wisecrack, crack, funny, one-liner, rib-tickler, killer, knee-slapper, thigh-slapper
North American informal boffola
rare blague

2‘he was given to playing stupid jokes on people’

trick, practical joke, prank, stunt, hoax, jape
informal leg-pull, lark, spoof
Australian informal goak
North American informal, dated cutup
archaic quiz
Scottish archaic cantrip

3‘he soon became a joke to most of us because he was so pedantic’

laughing stock, figure of fun, source of amusement, object of ridicule
British Aunt Sally

4‘the present system is nothing short of a joke’

farce, travesty, waste of time
standing joke
informal laugh
North American informal shuck


1‘she laughed and joked with the guests’

tell jokes, crack jokes
jest, banter, quip
informal wisecrack, josh

2‘don't panic—I'm only joking’

fool, fool about, fool around, play a prank, play a trick, play a joke, play a practical joke, tease, hoax, pull someone's leg, mess someone about, mess someone around
informal kid, make a monkey out of someone
British informal mess, have someone on, wind someone up
North American informal fun, shuck someone, pull someone's chain, put someone on
British informal, dated rot someone