jocular

[ jok-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈdʒɒk yə lər /

adjective

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
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial)
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British Dictionary definitions for jocular

jocular

/ (ˈdʒɒkjʊlə) /

adjective

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

jocular


adj.

1620s, from Latin iocularis "funny, comic," from ioculus, diminutive of iocus (see joke (n.)). Implies evasion of an issue by a joke.

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