Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/

I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has negative connotations.


  • Try paronomasiac on for size. – Dan Bron Feb 4 '15 at 9:01
  • @DanBron, Thanks. It kind of addresses the requirement but I am looking for something with more negative connotations. Laughing Stock appears to be a better fit. Whats your opinion? – ShellDragon Feb 4 '15 at 9:36
  • I wouldn't recommend laughing stock if only because it doesn't necessarily imply the person himself is making jokes, only that he's the butt of them. Why don't you add the detail that you're looking for a word with slightly negative connotations to the body of your questions, and I'll go and have another think about it. – Dan Bron Feb 4 '15 at 9:42
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    I think you may be looking for Father. – Eric Hauenstein Feb 4 '15 at 21:17
  • My kids call them Dad Jokes. So the perpetrator would be a Dad. – andy256 Feb 5 '15 at 6:07


NOUN: a person who tells "corny" jokes, a rube or bumpkin

"When it comes to telling jokes, he's a real cornball."

Oxford Dictionaries Online


ADJECTIVE: trite, banal, mawkishly sentimental

"His jokes are so corny."


If your “lame joker” were here looking for a word to describe people who don’t like/get/appreciate his/her jokes, I’d perhaps suggest that they are “humorless,” but since you got here first I’ll take you at your word that the jokes are lame and “stale or corny” enough to qualify as genuine “groaners” (Merriam-Webster) and suggest that this person could therefore be called a “Groan-meister.”

  • The word "groan-meister" itself kind of made me groan. ;) – Caleb Jul 12 '15 at 2:10




North American informal

A pestering, nagging, or irritating person;

a bore.


1940s: Yiddish, from Russian nudnyĭ 'tedious'.NOUN

Emphasis mine


A wag is a person who can be counted on to make the obvious joke when opportunity arises. It may not be negative enough though, as it does imply wittiness.

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