joc·​u·​lar | \ˈjä-kyə-lər \

Definition of jocular 

1 : said or done as a joke : characterized by jesting : playful jocular remarks

2 : given to jesting : habitually jolly or jocund a jocular man

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Other Words from jocular

jocularity \ ˌjä-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
jocularly \ ˈjä-​kyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of jocular in a Sentence

a jocular man who could make the most serious people smile 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

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Representatives of the condiment planned to spend the next few days filming their jocular efforts to get residents to remove mayonnaise from their homes. Fox News, "Florida town of Mayo changes name to 'Miracle Whip'," 28 Aug. 2018 While the lead-up to the budget agreement included sometimes tense wrangling between the mayor’s office and the Council, Monday’s event was jocular and full of good cheer. New York Times, "New York City’s $89 Billion Budget Includes Discount Transit Fare Plan," 11 June 2018 Whether explaining his dastardly plans to the audience or whispering sweet poison into Othello’s ear, this Iago’s manner is usually jocular and expository. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Cool-Tempered ‘Othello’ for Warm Central Park Nights," 18 June 2018 The video ricochets back and forth between these two modes, alternately jocular and macabre. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Donald Glover, Atlanta, and the Ties That Bind," 11 May 2018 In North Dakota, Heitkamp is reprising a jocular spot of her six siblings teasing her about laundry duty, aimed at casting the former state attorney general and petroleum lawyer as the amiable woman next door. CBS News, "Democrats in tough reelection battles distance themselves from Washington," 11 May 2018 The tone of the summit — much of which was broadcast live in South Korea but not North Korea — was convivial and at times jocular, with Kim showing surprising honesty about the differences in conditions between the two nations. Choe Sang-hun,, "North and South Korea set bold, but difficult, goals for peace," 28 Apr. 2018 The tone of the summit meeting — much of which was broadcast live in South Korea but not North Korea — was convivial and at times jocular, with Mr. Kim showing surprising honesty about the differences in conditions between the two nations. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms," 27 Apr. 2018 The President gravitates toward people who are brash and informal, and McMaster is a jocular, witty guy. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jocular

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jocular

Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus — see jocose

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English Language Learners Definition of jocular

: liking to tell jokes

: said or done as a joke

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