2. A story, anecdote, or wordplay that is intended to amuse.
3. Anything that is said or done to make people laugh.
4. Something that is amusing or ridiculous; especially, because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham.
5. A thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; a farce.
6. Someone or something that is laughably inadequate or absurd: The restaurant environment was nice, but the service was a joke.
7. Something that does not present the expected challenge and which is simply too easy: Ted said that the whole class thought that the test the teacher gave us was a joke.
8. Etymology: from Latin jocus, "jest, fun, humor".
"A rubber yoke held the two wires together."2. Pair, team, brace, couple: "It takes a yoke of oxen to pull that wagon."
3. Bondage, slavery, enslavement, servitude; serfdom, vassalage: "Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves from their yoke of bondage."
2. Object of ridicule, a laughing-stock; fool, buffoon, clown, village idiot, bumpkin: "Melvin was the joke of the town because of his silly hair style."
Bertha, use caution with yoke and yolk or the joke will be on you!
"A travel writer once wrote about being in Mexico, where 'we saw people carrying baskets on yolks across their shoulders.' The writer 'took pictures of the yolked and harnessed figures.' "
"Another writer told of a gentleman who knows when his body needs fuel: He eats 'potatoes, pasta, salad, eggs (without the yokes) and pancakes.' "
"Well, folks, oxen have yokes and eggs have yolks, and anyone who carries baskets on yolks is going to have a messy shirt" . . . and that's no joke!
It is not a joke; the yolk of an egg is a very good medium for mixing colors for painting. His friend, who was a painter, used this medium to paint a mural depicting the yoke of bondage of miners who lived in an impoverished country.