A joke is something spoken, written, or done with humorous intention. Jokes may have many different forms, e.g. , a single word or a gesture (considered in a particular context), a question-answer, or a whole short story. The word “joke” has a number of synonyms, including wisecrack, gag, prank, quip, jape and jest. , To achieve their end, jokes may employ irony, sarcasm, word play and other devices. Jokes may have a punch line, i.e. an ending to make it humorous.