There are words like dad joke, lame joke, pj (poor joke) for a joke that isn't funny at all.

Is there a single word for such jokes that are not amusing?

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    anti-joke or anti-humor is a type of indirect humor that involves the joke-teller delivering something which is deliberately not funny.
    – NVZ
    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:03
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    non-joke is a story, utterance, etc. that is not a joke. Wiktionary
    – NVZ
    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:04
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    Q: is "dad joke" a typo of "dud joke"?
    – agc
    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:51
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    @agc No. It's a stereotype of fathers to make awful puns.
    – Angelos
    Jun 14, 2016 at 8:26
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    That was a dud. Another possibility is clunker.
    – mkennedy
    Jun 14, 2016 at 20:15

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I believe there's no such single word; however, the idiomatic expression damp squib can be effectively used to denote a failed joke.


damp squiba failed joke

From urbandictionary.com:

damp squib

A type of firework (squib) that has become wet (damp). Basically, a dissapointment.

From wiktionary.:

damp squib ‎(plural damp squibs)

A firework that fails to go off, due to wetting.

(idiomatic, by extension) Anything that doesn’t work properly, or fails to come up to expectations.

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