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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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Examples from the Web for jocularly
Historical Examples
  • "There's plenty of room for nephews and nieces," Mr. Withells said jocularly.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • "S'pose you're a millionaire by this time, chicken," said the youth, jocularly.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • "You may reach the city after the banks are closed for the day, you know," he added, jocularly.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • It was jocularly styled the 'tea table,' and was used as a whipping place also.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • I talked volubly, jocularly, persuasively, tenderly; I talked in a subdued tone.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • "It's the only way to get leave to England," said Robson jocularly.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • "You're well off in your acquaintance," said M'Iver, jocularly.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The Pawnee war, as it was jocularly called, did not last long.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve
  • "You said that Irving had a pull and the Millers hadn't," he said jocularly.

  • jocularly applied to those who are tall and of "genteel" build.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
British Dictionary definitions for jocularly


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 jocularly



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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