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jocular

play
adjective joc·u·lar \ˈjä-kyə-lər\

Simple Definition of jocular

  • : liking to tell jokes

  • : said or done as a joke

Full Definition of jocular

  1. 1 :  given to jesting :  habitually jolly or jocund

  2. 2 :  characterized by jesting :  playful

joc·u·lar·i·ty play \ˌjä-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun
joc·u·lar·ly play \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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