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 anecdotesfacetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor.
facetious commentsjocular 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
Recent Examples on the WebBut when Urban, who hails from New Zealand, opens his mouth, out comes a distinctly Kiwi accent and a jocular tone, a far cry from Butcher's growling, expletive-laden Cockwi.
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Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 June 2022 Much of the stadium audience cheered, not having quite gotten from the inclusion of the late Douglas in his list that Jagger had moved into a more jocular part of his celebrity rundown.
Chris Willman, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 Bob Nystrom, incisive Bob Bourne, jocular tough-guy Clark Gillies, standup Denis Potvin, and the bilingual Swedes, Anders Kallur and Stefan Persson.
New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Media critics had raised concerns about CNN’s decision to let Cuomo interview his brother about his handling of New York’s pandemic crisis in a series of jocular broadcasts in the spring of 2020.
Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 To make up for that, Rice adopts a mostly jocular tone, playing up the playfulness of the cast of eccentrics.
David Benedict, Variety, 18 Aug. 2021 For nearly half of the video, Markie engages in jocular theatrics, switching into a powdered wig and embodying a character that is equal parts Mozart and James Brown.
Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 23 July 2021 The nearly jocular acceptance is disarming, and ultimately pleasing.
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