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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) Unabridged
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  • "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 Horatio Alger
  • But I could not find it in my heart to pursue this discussion in a jocular tone.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "I shall go to the wall," he said, with a sort of jocular desperation.

  • Their industry goes so far, that jocular reports of its excess are spread.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • We were talking in the Gaelic, and he made a jocular remark there is no English for.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Baldwin was noisy and jocular; Brice silent and ill at ease.

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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