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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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  • “No, old chap,” cried North, slapping the sexton on the shoulder in a jocular way.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • "Well, I guess that's about all Dav does," said Bagley, in a jocular manner.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Gustave, bewildered by the jocular tone in which the widow addressed him, was unable for a moment to find words in which to reply.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • It would make even six months' life as jocular as Bradshaw's Railway Guide or the dietary of a prison.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • But I could not find it in my heart to pursue this discussion in a jocular tone.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • I gazed at him in bewilderment; ready to laugh if he meant to be jocular, incredulous of his serious intention.

    The Abandoned Farmer Sydney Herman Preston
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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