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jocund

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adjective jo·cund \ˈjä-kənd also ˈjō-(ˌ)kənd\

Definition of jocund

  1. :  marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness <a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company — William Wordsworth>

jocundity play \jō-ˈkən-də-tē, jä-\ noun
jocundly play \ˈjä-kənd-lē, ˈjō-(ˌ)\ adverb


Examples of jocund in a sentence

  1. <old friends engaged in jocund teasing>



Did You Know?

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

Synonym Discussion of jocund

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.

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