Dad jokes are a type of joke that can (typically) only be told by a dad that is often perceived as embarrassingly bad (especially by the children of said dad). Dad jokes often, but not necessarily, involve some form of pun or wordplay.

A well known example of a dad joke would be:

Child: I'm hungry!

Dad: Hi Hungry, I'm dad.

While these jokes often evoke groans rather than laughter form children, they may be remembered fondly years later.

What are some dad jokes that you have used successfully (or that have successfully been used on you)?

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    And knowing these jokes makes us better parents because we embarras our children less? ... Anyway, this sounds like fun, let's not close this question, ok? :)
    – Dariusz
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 11:00
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    reddit.com/r/dadjokes may be relevant.
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    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 12:09
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    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 13:22
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    @Dariusz There is currently a meta discussion going on about this question staying open or not.
    – overactor
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 14:46
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    When she was little, I asked my daughter if she was hungry. She looked up at me as if though I were born stupid and said, "No, I'm $childs_name." I teased her about that for years. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 9:04

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I like to joke, but my 2 year old is too young for word-play Dad jokes. If slapstick silliness counts as a "Dad joke" then this is my favourite.

A "tickly spider" (actually my hand) creeps towards my daughter. I point it out and pretend to be worried. She starts to snigger as it gets close then it jumps on her causing a lot of giggling.

This doesn't work if she's tired or upset. So it's one way to work out if she wants attention or comfort.

In the second round the tickly spider turns on Daddy, who tries to look genuinely frightened, maybe falling off his seat. That's usually even funnier.

  • Now, my bad sense of humor thought when I read "actually my hand"... "Oh, good b/c 'tickly spiders' are more dangerous than 'daddy longlegs'!" lol. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 9:07

One of my personal favorites goes as follows: (Best used when driving by a city and you have a good overview of it. even better at a lookout point when having a meaningful moment together.)

Dad: There are going to be thousands of people in Dover1 tonight

Me: Why?

Dad: Because they live there.

1: My dad didn't say Dover, since I didn't grow up in England but rather Belgium, I doubt many people know Leuven though.

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    Fine town, Leuven. Lived there for 5 years. Never been to Dover. Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 13:04
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    Been Dover? I try not to unless necessary.
    – NotMe
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 17:51

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