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Joker definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

JO'KER, n. A jester; a merry fellow.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes [syn: joker, jokester]
2: a person who does something thoughtless or annoying; "some joker is blocking the driveway" [syn: joker, turkey]
3: an inconspicuous clause in a document or bill that affects its meaning in a way that is not immediately apparent; "when I demanded my money he showed me the joker in the contract"
4: a playing card that is usually printed with a picture of a jester

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1729 1. a. a person given to joking ; wag b. fellow, guy; especially an insignificant, obnoxious, or incompetent person <a shame to let a joker like this win Harold Robbins> 2. a playing card added to a pack as a wild card or as the highest-ranking card 3. a. (1) an ambiguous or apparently immaterial clause inserted in a legislative bill to make it inoperative or uncertain in some respect (2) an unsuspected, misleading, or misunderstood clause, phrase, or word in a document that nullifies or greatly alters it b. something (as an expedient or stratagem) held in reserve to gain an end or escape from a predicament c. an unsuspected or not readily apparent fact, factor, or condition that thwarts or nullifies a seeming advantage

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a person who jokes. 2 sl. a fellow; a man. 3 a playing-card usu. with a figure of a jester, used in some games esp. as a wild card. 4 US a clause unobtrusively inserted in a bill or document and affecting its operation in a way not immediately apparent. 5 an unexpected factor or resource. Phrases and idioms: the joker in the pack an unpredictable factor or participant.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Joker Jok"er, n. 1. One who makes jokes or jests. 2. (Card Playing) See Rest bower, under 2d Bower.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower Bow"er (bou"[~e]r), n. [G. bauer a peasant. So called from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See Boor.] One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the game of euchre. Right bower, the knave of the trump suit, the highest card (except the ``Joker'') in the game. Left bower, the knave of the other suit of the same color as the trump, being the next to the right bower in value. Best bower or Joker, in some forms of euchre and some other games, an extra card sometimes added to the pack, which takes precedence of all others as the highest card.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(jokers) 1. Someone who is a joker likes making jokes or doing amusing things. He is, by nature, a joker, a witty man with a sense of fun. N-COUNT 2. The joker in a pack of playing cards is the card which does not belong to any of the four suits. N-COUNT 3. You can call someone a joker if you think they are behaving in a stupid or dangerous way. (INFORMAL) Keep your eye on these jokers, you never know what they will come up with. = idiot N-COUNT [disapproval] 4. If you describe someone or something as the joker in the pack, you mean that they are different from the other people or things in their group, and can be unpredictable. PHRASE

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Jester, wag, humorist.

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