Definition of in-joke in English:

in-joke

noun

  • A joke that is shared exclusively by a small group of people.

    • ‘I can share personal memories and in-jokes with him, and compliment him on his fine choice of tattoo.’
    • ‘The movie is a veritable mine of in-jokes, strange gags, and funny one-liners.’
    • ‘But this is just an excuse for skimpy costumes, frenetic action, pop classics, sparky dialogue and quickfire in-jokes.’
    • ‘The episode is riddled with in-jokes that are meant either for a Japanese audience, or for those who are quite familiar with the country.’
    • ‘So, I went through and labeled everything that was obviously an in-joke, pun, repetition of the same person's photo, bunny ears, funny gestures, odd, or the slightest bit out of the ordinary and attempted to explain it.’
    • ‘Or maybe there were just too many movie industry in-jokes that didn't make me laugh like they made the studio executives laugh.’
    • ‘It is also an extremely funny illustration of the national obsession with word-play, in-jokes and notably filthy double entendre.’
    • ‘The knowing humour of Shrek merely pushed the envelope a little further, balancing in-jokes and sly subversion for the adults with broader slapstick moments for the younger viewers.’
    • ‘After that, they all turn into grating in-jokes, funny to the filmmakers, but infuriating to the average moviegoer.’
    • ‘If you were to go to America you'd hear a lot of in-jokes that wouldn't be funny here.’
    • ‘Occasionally I misused the column to secretly share an in-joke with a friend, or girlfriend.’
    • ‘There were in-jokes I was never going to understand.’
    • ‘The film is utterly hilarious, filled with loads of sight gags, cheeseball dialogue and numerous in-jokes for horror buffs.’
    • ‘I couldn't pronounce or understand half the names (still can't) and in-jokes but they still made me chuckle regardless.’
    • ‘The result was something of a mess: wildly funny in parts, but littered with in-jokes about the Irish arts world and particularly the Cork poetry scene.’
    • ‘I think all of his movies are just giant in-jokes.’
    • ‘It depends on one-liners and historical in-jokes that take a great deal of energy to follow.’
    • ‘Filled with in-jokes, pop culture references and witty ideas, Shrek 2 maintains an amazing level of visual and verbal invention.’
    • ‘The blog is ample forum for their in-jokes to be imposed upon an unsuspecting public.’
    • ‘If the worst that could happen is the elimination of in-jokes from the magazine, or the occasional staff member feeling a bit silly about having worked for the enemy, then it will be a welcome change.’
    funny story, jest, witticism, quip, pleasantry
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Pronunciation:

in-joke

/ˈin ˌjōk/