joc·​u·​lar | \ ˈjä-kyə-lər How to pronounce jocular (audio) \

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 How to pronounce jocular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
jocularly \ ˈjä-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce jocular (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web West said, in a jocular reference to an apparent plan by the Abbott administration to slow-walk the appointments until after the session ends May 31. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Senate approves plan to levy $1M a day fines for power companies that don’t weatherize plants," 29 Mar. 2021 Others praised her jocular nature and playful sense of humor. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Martha Stewart Shared a Video of Her Talk Show's Funniest On-Air Moments," 5 Aug. 2020 Bach’s first variation is defined by its jocular rhythmic swing: Hearty strands of 16th notes unfold atop a dancing bass line, until the parts switch roles — and keep on switching. New York Times, "A Jazz Pianist Flips Bach Upside-Down," 15 May 2020 The word attributed to Mr. Kelly has a history dating back to the late 19th century as a jocular expression to describe a place or situation that seems to lack sanity. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "It’s Been a Long Ride for ‘Crazytown’," 14 Sep. 2018 Virtual quizzes also tend to lack the competitive and jocular atmosphere of a traditional one. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Pubs Are Closed, but Brits Keep Quizzing," 13 Apr. 2020 As recently as the weekend, Trump was almost jocular when asked about the close physical clustering of senior aides at near-daily White House coronavirus briefings. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Britain’s Boris Johnson in intensive care, illustrating U.K.'s growing struggle with coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020 And in 1987, jocular rappers the Beastie Boys similarly wore straight-off-the-street outfits, including crinkly jeans, while skiing in Missoula, Mont. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Stop Skiing in Jeans. It’s Not the 1970s Anymore.," 5 Feb. 2020 At Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp — the largest one, which was liberated 75 years ago last week — imagine if jocular tour guides focused upon the life and times of the Nazi officials, with only a nod to the 1.1 million victims who perished? Vanessa Hua,, "Plantation’s ugly history gets under the skin," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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“Jocular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jocular

: liking to tell jokes
: said or done as a joke

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