Definition of Take a joke

1. Verb. Listen to a joke at one's own expense. "Can't you take a joke?"




Definition of Take a joke

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To accept a joke at one's expense. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take A Joke

take a dare
take a dim view of
take a dip
take a dive
take a firm stand
take a gamble
take a gander
take a grab
take a guess
take a hike
take a hint
take a hit
take a hop
take a joke (current term)
take a knee
take a knife to a gunfight
take a leaf out of someone's book
take a leak
take a licking
take a licking and keep on ticking
take a load off
take a long walk on a short pier
take a look
take a number
take a pew
take a picture
take a picture, it will last longer
take a pill

Literary usage of Take a joke

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1857)
"Next to him, in the line of bore-succession, is, on the other hand, the man who can't appreciate any humor; can't take a joke; do n't know the first use of ..."

2. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1857)
"Next to him, in the line of bore-succession, is, on the other hand, the man who can't appreciate any humor ; can't take a joke ; do n't know the first use ..."

3. The Wit and Humor of America by Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1911)
"Well, you see, suh, she ain't got no idee o' fun— she won't take a joke nohow. ... Hit's no use tryin' i live with a 'ooman who cain't take a joke! ..."

4. Studies in English: Work and Play with Language by Carolyn M. Robbins, Robert Keable Row (1919)
"STUDY 53 Literature and Composition HOW TO take a joke One day a fox invited a stork to dinner. The fox thought he would have some fun. ..."

5. The Enchiridion of Wit: The Best Specimens of English Conversational Wit by William Shepard Walsh (1884)
"Ready to take a Joke. When Lord Townshend was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, he was annoyed by the importunities of the then Provost of Dublin, ..."

6. The Ten Books of the Merrymakers edited by Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1908)
"Well, you see, suh, she ain't got no idee o' fun— she won't take a joke nohow. ... But would you believe it she couldn't take a joke. She tu'n aroun', ..."

7. The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1889)
"take a joke as a joke, and it will not provoke. '' When the loud laugh prevails at your expense, All want of temper is but want of sense. ..."

8. Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878: Major Howard Egan's Diary : Also by Howard Egan (1917)
""Some of you are very fond of passing jokes, and will carry your joke very far, but will you take a joke? If you don't want to take a joke, ..."

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