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 formsjoc·u·lar·ly, adverbo·ver·joc·u·lar, adjectiveo·ver·joc·u·lar·ly, adverbsem·i·joc·u·lar, adjectivesem·i·joc·u·lar·ly, adverb
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial)

Synonyms for jocular

See jovial. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jocular

Contemporary Examples of jocular

Historical Examples of jocular

  • "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.

  • But I could not find it in my heart to pursue this discussion in a jocular tone.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for jocular



characterized by joking and good humour
meant lightly or humorously; facetious
Derived Formsjocularity (ˌdʒɒkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounjocularly, adverb

Word Origin for jocular

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