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[jok-yuh-ler] /ˈdʒɒk yə lər/
given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious:
jocular remarks about opera stars.
Origin of jocular
1620-30; < Latin joculāris, equivalent to jocul(us) little joke (joc(us) joke + -ulus -ule) + -āris -ar1
Related forms
jocularly, adverb
overjocular, adjective
overjocularly, adverb
semijocular, adjective
semijocularly, adverb
Can be confused
jocose, jocular, jocund, jovial (see synonym study at jovial)
See jovial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jocular
  • Most humor that reaches us is merely jocularity, and it is well to be jocular only when really funny.
  • The dress code is strictly university, the etiquette informal and jocular.
  • I'm feeling jocular, even if the end of spring break is nigh.
  • The other is plump, friendly, jocular.
  • The old genius was extremely jocular, and the young one very pleasant.
  • Our jocular waiter sometimes crossed the line from friendly to familiar.
  • Go beyond the look to jocular confrontation when needed.
  • He and the musicians brought rustic energy to the jocular rondo.
  • Service is slapdash, jocular and comfortable.
  • His manner was jocular, as usual, and Claude hated any public discussion of his personal affairs.
British Dictionary definitions for jocular


characterized by joking and good humour
meant lightly or humorously; facetious
Derived Forms
jocularity (ˌdʒɒkjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
jocularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin joculāris, from joculus little joke
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Word Origin and History for jocular

1620s, from Latin iocularis "funny, comic," from ioculus, diminutive of iocus (see joke (n.)). Implies evasion of an issue by a joke.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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