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jocular

adjective joc·u·lar \ˈjä-kyə-lər\

: liking to tell jokes

: said or done as a joke

Full Definition of JOCULAR

1
:  given to jesting :  habitually jolly or jocund
2
:  characterized by jesting :  playful
joc·u·lar·i·ty \ˌjä-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun
joc·u·lar·ly \ˈjä-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

Examples of JOCULAR

  1. a jocular man who could make the most serious people smile
  2. <made the jocular observation that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine business is to start off with a large fortune>

Origin of JOCULAR

Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus
First Known Use: 1626

Synonym Discussion of JOCULAR

witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.

Rhymes with JOCULAR

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