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joke

noun  /dʒoʊk/ us  

joke noun (AMUSING)

[C] something, such as an amusing story or trick, that is said or done in order to make people laugh: He told a joke about a farmer and a lawyer that made Nicholas burst into laughter.

joke noun (RIDICULOUS)

[U] infml something considered to be so bad or worthless that it is ridiculous: The playing conditions on the muddy field were a joke. The midterm exam was a joke (= too easy).

joke

verb  /dʒoʊk/ us  

joke verb (AMUSE)

to say things in an amusing or playful manner: [I] He joked about how I was always cleaning. [+ that clause] They’ve always joked that the place is so wet, the bullfrogs have to sit on the fences.
(Definition of joke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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