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Saturday, May 05, 2001

Definitions for jocular

  1. Given to joking or jesting.
  2. Characterized by joking; playful.

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Citations for jocular
He had not been a jocular man, and occasionally, while she was laughing with Bob, she had caught him studying her, covertly, as if she were of some alien, and slightly frightening, species. Gabrielle Donnelly, The Girl in the Photograph
But when I saw him then, he did not labour under any lowness of spirits, but, on the contrary, was very jocular in his manner and language. , Times (London)
Origin of jocular
Jocular comes from Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus, "joke."