- given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious: jocular remarks about opera stars.
Origin of jocular
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Examples from the Web for jocular
Where Simmons is jocular in a kind of clever fratboy way, Lund is more refined in his language and more robust in his indignation.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
When he ran into Sperling at a congressional dinner at the White House a couple of weeks later, the encounter was jocular.Democrats' Negotiator in Chief
May 19, 2011
Yet she never wanders far from the defining characteristics of her writing: it's all jocular observation of herself or others.Nora Ephron on Her Life, Loves, and Disappointments
November 6, 2010
"Well, I guess that's about all Dav does," said Bagley, in a jocular manner.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular.Paul Prescott's Charge
But I could not find it in my heart to pursue this discussion in a jocular tone.Chance
"I shall go to the wall," he said, with a sort of jocular desperation.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Their industry goes so far, that jocular reports of its excess are spread.A Tour in Ireland
- characterized by joking and good humour
- meant lightly or humorously; facetious
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.