Origin: It, a jest, sport < Gmc, as in MHG schërz, pleasure, play, ult. < IE base *(s)ker-, to leap, jump > scare, L cardo, a hinge, turning point
See scherzo in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. scher·zos or scher·zi (-tsē)
Origin: Italian, joke, scherzo
Origin: , from Old Italian scherzare, to joke
Origin: , perhaps of Germanic origin.
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