Brazilian jokes: The best jokes in Portuguese language

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Welcome to our special April Fools Dica! In Brazil, April Fools’ Day is known as “Dia da Mentira” (Day of the Lie), and it’s celebrated with as much enthusiasm and creativity as in other parts of the world. On this day, it’s common for people to play pranks on their friends and family.

So in today’s Dica, we will teach you the best jokes in Portuguese so that you can soon tell funny jokes in Brazil. Because Brazilians love to laugh and have fun, that’s for sure! This is seen in the rich tradition of “piadas” (jokes), which range from light-hearted puns to clever wordplay, demonstrating the Brazilian knack for storytelling and humor. So get ready to laugh with us!

Brazilian jokes

When talking about jokes and puns in Portuguese, theres two very important terms you need to know.

Trocadilhos BrasileirosBrazilian Puns“Trocadilhos” refers to puns or wordplays that are a common form of humor in Brazil, often involving clever use of language to create humorous meanings.
Piadas de TiozãoDad Jokes (literally “Uncle’s jokes”)“Piadas de Tiozão” are akin to what are known in English as “dad jokes.” They are typically simple, pun-based jokes that are so unfunny they become funny, often told by an older relative.
People having fun with jokes in the Portuguese language
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The best Brazilian jokes in Portuguese

Now, let’s share a laugh with some classic Brazilian jokes so you can learn some new ones to tell at your next get-together! Here are a few that are sure to put a smile on your face (translations and explanations included).

O que é o que é? (What is it?)

  • “O que é o que é, cai em pé e corre deitado?” (What falls standing up and runs lying down?)
  • “A chuva.” (The rain.)

This type of joke is a classic “o que é o que é” (what is it) riddle, beloved by children and adults alike for its playful use of language.

Piadas de Joãozinho (Little Johnny Jokes)

  • Joãozinho pergunta à sua professora, “Professora, você pode punir alguém por algo que não fez?” (Joãozinho asks his teacher, “Teacher, can you punish someone for something they didn’t do?”)
  • A professora responde, “Claro que não, Joãozinho. Isso seria muito injusto.” (The teacher replies, “Of course not, Joãozinho. That would be very unfair.”)
  • Joãozinho diz, “Que bom, porque eu não fiz minha lição de casa.” (Joãozinho says, “Good, because I didn’t do my homework.”)

Joãozinho jokes are akin to Little Johnny jokes in English-speaking countries, featuring a mischievous boy who often outsmarts adults in humorous ways.

Piadas de Sogra (Mother-in-Law Jokes)

  • O genro chega para a sogra e diz: (The son-in-law comes to his mother-in-law and says:)
  • “Nossa, sogrinha, eu queria que a senhora fosse uma estrela!” (“Wow, dear mother-in-law, I wish you were a star!”)
  • “Que lindo!” – responde a sogra toda animada. – “Jura? Por quê?” (“How beautiful!” – responds the mother-in-law, all excited. – “Really? Why?”)
  • “Pra ficar a milhões de quilômetros daqui!” (“To be millions of kilometers away from here!”)

While mother-in-law jokes are common in many cultures, Brazilian versions tend to be playful and light-hearted.

Piada de Animais (Animal Joke)

  • “Por que o cachorro entrou na igreja?” (“Why did the dog go into the church?”)
  • “Porque ele estava atrás do pastor.” (“Because he was looking for the pastor (shepherd).”)

This joke plays on the double meaning of “pastor” in Portuguese, which can mean both a religious leader and a shepherd.

Piada de Escola (School Joke)

  • “Por que o livro de matemática estava triste?” (“Why was the math book sad?”)
  • “Porque ele tinha muitos problemas.” (“Because it had too many problems.”)

This joke plays on the double meaning of “problemas,” which can refer to math problems or personal troubles.

Piada de Duplo Sentido (Double Meaning Joke)

  • “Você conhece a piada do não nem eu?” (“Do you know the ‘no neither do I’ joke?”)
  • “Não.” (“No”)
  • Nem eu (“Neither do I.”)

This joke is a playful interaction where the punchline is embedded in the question itself, relying on the repetition of “não” (no) and “nem eu” (neither do I) for humor.

Useful vocabulary for jokes in Portuguese

Here is some useful vocabulary for your next joke:

Contar uma piadaTo tell a joke
Piada internaInside joke
Rirto laugh
Fazer rirTo make laugh
Rir de si mesmoTo laugh at oneself
Humor negroDark humor
Humor secoDry humor

Now you are prepared with Portuguese Brazilian jokes!

Now that you have learned some jokes in the Portuguese language, you are perfectly prepared for April Fool’s Day! We are sure you will have a lot of fun with Brazilian jokes. So go make someone else laugh today. All the best from Rio & Learn!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Lie in Portuguese
Slang in Portuguese
Curtir in Portuguese
Laugh in Portuguese

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