Definition of jocund
: marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness <a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company — William Wordsworth>
Examples of jocund in a sentence
<old friends engaged in jocund teasing>
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Don't let the etymology of jocund play tricks on you. The word comes from "jucundus," a Latin word meaning "agreeable" or "delightful," and ultimately from the Latin verb juvare, meaning "to help." But "jucundus" looks and sounds a bit like "jocus," the Latin word for "joke." These two roots took a lively romp through many centuries together and along the way the lighthearted "jocus" influenced the spelling and meaning of "jucundus," an interaction that eventually produced our Modern English word jocund in the 14th century.
Origin of jocund
Middle English, from Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jucundus, from juvare to help
First Known Use: 14th century
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