You can describe something that’s funny, lighthearted, or flippant as joking. A joking manner can be a good quality in a kids’ dentist and a not-so-good quality in a funeral director.

A joking birthday card might tease the recipient about his advanced age, and a joking tone in an interviewer’s voice keeps the mood light and playful. When you’re in a joking mood, you’re full of good humor. At the heart of the adjective joking is joke, originally joque, from the Latin iocus, “joke, sport, or pastime.”

Definitions of joking
  1. adjective

    characterized by jokes and good humor

    jesting, jocose, jocular

    humorous, humourous

    full of or characterized by humor

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