joc·​u·​lar ˈjä-kyə-lər How to pronounce jocular (audio)
: said or done as a joke : characterized by jesting : playful
jocular remarks
: given to jesting : habitually jolly or jocund
a jocular man
jocularity noun
jocularly 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jocular was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Jocular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


joc·​u·​lar ˈjäk-yə-lər How to pronounce jocular (audio)
: fond of joking
: said or done as a joke
jocularity noun
jocularly adverb

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