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 Bach’s first variation is defined by its jocular rhythmic swing: Hearty strands of 16th notes unfold atop a dancing bass line, until the parts switch roles — and keep on switching. New York Times, "A Jazz Pianist Flips Bach Upside-Down," 15 May 2020 The word attributed to Mr. Kelly has a history dating back to the late 19th century as a jocular expression to describe a place or situation that seems to lack sanity. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "It’s Been a Long Ride for ‘Crazytown’," 14 Sep. 2018 Virtual quizzes also tend to lack the competitive and jocular atmosphere of a traditional one. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Pubs Are Closed, but Brits Keep Quizzing," 13 Apr. 2020 As recently as the weekend, Trump was almost jocular when asked about the close physical clustering of senior aides at near-daily White House coronavirus briefings. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Britain’s Boris Johnson in intensive care, illustrating U.K.'s growing struggle with coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020 And in 1987, jocular rappers the Beastie Boys similarly wore straight-off-the-street outfits, including crinkly jeans, while skiing in Missoula, Mont. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Stop Skiing in Jeans. It’s Not the 1970s Anymore.," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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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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31 May 2020

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“Jocular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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