jocular

adjective joc·u·lar \ ˈjä-kyə-lər \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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

jocularity

play \ˌjä-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun

jocularly

play \ˈjä-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

Examples of jocular in a Sentence

  1. a jocular man who could make the most serious people smile

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of jocular

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

JOCULAR Defined for English Language Learners

jocular

adjective

Definition of jocular for English Language Learners

  • : liking to tell jokes

  • : said or done as a joke



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