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jocund

[jok-uh nd, joh-kuh nd]
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adjective
  1. cheerful; merry; blithe; glad: a witty and jocund group.

Origin of jocund

1350–1400; Middle English jocound < Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jūcundus pleasant, equivalent to ju(vāre) to help, benefit, please, delight + -cundus adj. suffix
Related formsjoc·und·ly, adverbqua·si-joc·und, adjectivequa·si-joc·und·ly, adverbun·joc·und, adjective
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial)

Synonyms

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joyous, joyful, blithesome, jolly. See jovial.
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Examples from the Web for jocund

Historical Examples

  • There was something half painful in their jocund gayety and archness.

    Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885

    Various

  • Her jocund laugh and merry voice, indeed, first attracted my attention.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • And he was as jocund a bridegroom as ever put a ring upon a lady's finger.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • As for my children, they, jocund in youth, delight in present existence.

  • I could listen 'till "Jocund day stood tip-toe on the mountain."

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin


British Dictionary definitions for jocund

jocund

adjective
  1. of a humorous temperament; merry
Derived Formsjocundity (dʒəʊˈkʌndɪtɪ) or jocundness, nounjocundly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin jocundus, from Latin jūcundus pleasant, from juvāre to please
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Word Origin and History for jocund

adj.

late 14c., from Latin iocundus (source of Spanish jocunde, Italian giocondo), variant (influenced by iocus "joke") of Latin iucundus "pleasant," originally "helpful," contraction of *iuvicundus, from iuvare "to please, benefit, help" (see adjutant).

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