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 jocularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
jocularly \ ˈjä-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce jocularly (audio) \ adverb

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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 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 The only commentary comes from the Marines themselves, who are seen joking around, smoking hashish, dodging bullets, getting hit by bullets, and interacting with locals in encounters that range from friendly and jocular to frustrated and lethal., "Out West, in Boise, under fire, against immigration - The Boston Globe," 24 Oct. 2019 Among the cancer staff, there is special affection for the jocular sufferer, the one who makes light of lousy bowel movements and extols the spiritual tonic of neuropathy. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 There were moments of direct friction, especially in the final minutes of the debate over matters of national security, but in many cases the candidates’ criticism was couched within jocular one-liners or pragmatic arguments about electability. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "With Impeachment as Backdrop, Democrats Direct Fire at Trump in Debate," 20 Nov. 2019 His articles had a rambling, jocular quality and were laced with frank references to a drug habit. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "The Black Cube Chronicles: The Undercover Operative," 8 Oct. 2019 Differences between groups in things like height are rarely cause for prejudice beyond a jocular level. The Economist, "Modern genetics will improve health and usher in “designer” children," 7 Nov. 2019 Additionally, one’s death may just be too tragic for a jocular obituary. NBC News, "How to write the perfect obituary, according to professional writers," 21 Sep. 2019 No show’s writers are better at capturing the fumbling, pseudo-jocular, not-all-that-witty way that real people actually talk. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Succession Bores Into the Power of Fear," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of jocular was in 1626

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23 Feb 2020

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“Jocular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jocular

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

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