Definition of punchline in English:



  • The final phrase or sentence of a joke or story, providing the humour or some other crucial element.

    ‘his humour did not depend on punchlines’
    • ‘If you know the novel, you'll know that this confrontation is the punchline of the story.’
    • ‘Bixby's set-up and delivery of crucial punchlines would have surely earned him an Oscar nomination had the rest of the film been better than it was.’
    • ‘Latterly she was even behind her audiences, who could see the punchlines for her onstage jokes rolling up on her Teleprompter before Streisand could mouth them.’
    • ‘His jokes go for the most obvious punchlines, he panders to his guests and is number one in late night, which is probably as it should be.’
    • ‘Benz is easy and confident on stage, an actor who knows how to tell a story and make it roll with a wink and a punchline at just the right spot.’
    • ‘Ali, who flew into the international airport here earlier yesterday, briefly traded jokes and punchlines with President Hamid Karzai, ahead of a day touring aid projects in the city.’
    • ‘This has the benefit of being a double-meaning punchline which adds flavor to both the story of a watch and the premise that you were jesting with them.’
    • ‘However, if the punchline is spectacular, then the joke could be told by someone dead, and it would still work out alright.’
    • ‘I spent hours folding the back pages just right so I could see the punchline to a joke that always poked fun at our society.’
    • ‘Jokes, punchlines and physical comedy roll off the pair naturally and with charm.’
    • ‘I kept thinking of the punchlines before they had finished the jokes.’
    • ‘So I'll make a deal with you: I'll give you the punchline, and you can write your own joke.’
    • ‘I expected ambient recordings of you giggling like a girl, telling jokes and forgetting the punchlines, looking for your car keys and so on.’
    • ‘He concluded by saying that he found a great deal of pleasure in knowing that somewhere out there was a man who could tell the exact same story but didn't have the punchline.’
    • ‘‘You want me to give you all my punchlines,’ he joked.’
    • ‘You really have to be from here to get the final punchline.’
    • ‘They have a house in Passaic, the kind of town which serves as a punchline in American jokes.’
    • ‘The concept is clearly some kind of cosmic joke; one of which I've been the punchline several times over the past few decade.’
    • ‘They're walking punchlines to jokes that don't even provoke a chuckle.’
    • ‘Part of the reason why this series works so well is that it is based in character and craft, not the instant joke or the jerky punchline.’