Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Expressions used when telling jokes - thesaurus

Related words

(all) joking aside/apart

used before you say something serious after you have been saying something that was intended to be funny



you shoutboosuddenly when you want to frighten someone as a joke

have you heard (the one) about?/did you hear about?

used when you are starting to tell a joke

nudge, nudge, wink, wink

used as a way of saying indirectly that something involves sex

only/just joking

used for saying that what you have just said is not really true

(there’s) many a true word spoken in jest

used for saying that what someone says as a joke may in fact be correct or accurate



spoken used in a story or a joke when you mention a person or thing without giving a name



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play