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joist any of usu. many small beams placed horizontally from one side of a room or building to the other, to which a ceiling or floorboards are to be attached. [2 definitions]
joke a short fictional story told to provoke laughter, esp. in reaction to the ending. [7 definitions]
joker someone who frequently tells jokes or acts so as to provoke laughter; jokester. [4 definitions]
jokester a person who often jokes or plays jokes on others.
jokingly in a humorous manner.
jollification enthusiastic and merry celebration; revelry.
jollity the state or quality of being merry; gaiety. [2 definitions]
jolly cheerful, enthusiastic, and merry. [4 definitions]
jolly boat a small boat usu. carried on the stern of a sailing vessel.
Jolly Roger the black flag, with a white skull and crossbones, of a pirate ship.
jolt to strike suddenly and forcefully so as to cause movement. [7 definitions]
Jonah according to the Old Testament, a minor Hebrew prophet who disobeyed God and was punished by being swallowed by a great fish, or whale, until he agreed to carry out God's order. [2 definitions]
Jonas Salk a U.S. bacteriologist who developed a vaccine against polio (b.1914--d.1995).
Jonathan Swift an Irish-born English satirist and clergyman (b.1667--d.1745).
jones (slang; sometimes cap.) an addiction, esp. to heroin.
jongleur a wandering minstrel in medieval France and England who entertained by telling stories and singing songs.
jonquil a type of narcissus plant, closely related to the daffodil, that bears pleasant-smelling white or yellow flowers.
Jordan a Middle Eastern country between Syria and Saudi Arabia; Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [2 definitions]
Jordan almond a large variety of Spanish almond, often used in candy and other confections.
Joseph according to the Old Testament, the favorite son of Jacob who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, only to become the interpreter of dreams and chief administrator for the pharaoh of Egypt. [2 definitions]
Joseph Haydn Austrian composer of European classical music; born Franz Joseph Haydn (b.1732--d.1809).