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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Joke \Joke\, n. [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.] [1913 Webster] 1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack good-natured jokes. [1913 Webster] And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Or witty joke our airy senses moves To pleasant laughter. --Gay. [1913 Webster] 2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport. [1913 Webster] Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke. --Pope. [1913 Webster] In joke, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously. Practical joke. See under Practical. [1913 Webster]