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.

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Origin of jocular

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin joculāris, equivalent to jocul(us) “little joke” (joc(us) joke + -ulus -ule) + -āris -ar1

synonym study for jocular

See jovial.

OTHER WORDS FROM jocular

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jocular

jocose, 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 forms of jocular

jocularity (ˌdʒɒkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounjocularly, adverb

Word Origin for jocular

C17: from Latin joculāris, from joculus little joke
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