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.
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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