Synonyms for witticism:
running joke, standing joke, wordplay, canard, shaggy dog story, ha-ha, jape, in-joke, light relief, raillery, punch line.
innuendo, caption, squib, tag line, ribbing.
Other synonyms and related words:
ribbing, remark, Yuk, one-liner, brain, card, drollery, temper, mot, jest, pleasantry, raillery, funny, sally, proverb, facetiousness, bodily fluid, laugh, squib, quip, boffola, gag, waggery, wisecrack, canard, ha-ha, wordplay, silly, waggishness, wag, giggle, jape, boff, standing joke, joke, mood, pun.
Sense 2 (noun)
funny message (noun)
Usage examples for witticism:
- He stood at a little distance, shy and uneasy; one of the company took advantage of so favourable a butt for jests, and alluded to the bystander in a witticism which drew laughter from all but St. John, who, turning suddenly towards the parson, addressed an observation to him in the most respectful tone. - "Devereux, Book I.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
- In truth, I take it as a friendly act, for I am sure the valiant Count never turned his back upon a foe, which Imperial witticism was well received, for the sayings of an Emperor rarely lack applause. - "The Strong Arm", Robert Barr.