Joke. n.s. [jocus, Latin.] A jest; something not serious.
Link towns to towns with avenues of oak,
Inclose whole downs in walls, 'tis all a joke!
Inexorable death shall level all. Pope.
Why should publick mockery in print, or a merry joke upon a stage, be a better test of truth than severe railing sarcasms and publick persecutions? Watt's Improv. of the Mind.