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jocular

[jok-yuh-ler] /ˈdʒɒk yə lər/
adjective
1.
given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious:
jocular remarks about opera stars.
Origin of jocular
1620-1630
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)
Synonyms
See jovial.
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Examples from the Web for jocularly
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  • One jocularly called him The Questioner, but Walter did not mind, and went on picking up all the information possible.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • "S'pose you're a millionaire by this time, chicken," said the youth, jocularly.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • As Sailor Bill jocularly remarked, "it was like filling the water-casks of a man-of-war previous to weighing anchor for a voyage."

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • "You may reach the city after the banks are closed for the day, you know," he added, jocularly.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • I′dle-worms, once jocularly supposed to be bred in the fingers of lazy maid-servants.

  • It was jocularly styled the 'tea table,' and was used as a whipping place also.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • He shuts the umbrella; puts it aside; and jocularly plants himself with his hands on his hips to be inspected.

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • I talked volubly, jocularly, persuasively, tenderly; I talked in a subdued tone.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Putting his arm round her waist, he said jocularly, as he drew her towards him, 'So you have recovered from your fatigue.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • "It's the only way to get leave to England," said Robson jocularly.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
British Dictionary definitions for jocularly

jocular

/ˈdʒɒkjʊlə/
adjective
1.
characterized by joking and good humour
2.
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 jocularly

jocular

adj.

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

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