Definition of poke fun at in US English:

poke fun at


  • Tease or make fun of.

    • ‘I had been out to since sixth grade, not to my family of course, and had had my share of being teased and poked fun at but a few words dropped here and there and it was settled fast.’
    • ‘Did I fancy writing a series of short articles poking fun at all the horrendous food that nobody ate any more?’
    • ‘My feelings of anger and disgust, but even stronger emptiness, stopped me from poking fun at all my usual subjects.’
    • ‘A send-up should be smarter than the films it pokes fun at, but that isn't the case here.’
    • ‘My middle name smacks of big slobbery dog jokes and yet my last name was the one kids poked fun at in school.’
    • ‘Laurel has a remarkable ability to poke fun at whatever she's insecure about.’
    • ‘One recent editorial cartoon pokes fun at just how widespread that practice has become.’
    • ‘It poked fun at all the seriousness that reality TV has become, and it made stereotypical reality TV scenes into comedic segments.’
    • ‘What fun it must have been for the young film-maker to poke fun at the older formula films, and their songs!’
    • ‘This is a film that pokes fun at itself and doesn't take itself too seriously.’
    mock, make fun of, laugh at, make jokes about, ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, treat with contempt, treat contemptuously, scorn, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, satirize, lampoon, burlesque, parody, tease, taunt, rag, make a monkey of, chaff, jibe at
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