[ jok-yuh-ler ]
See synonyms for: jocularjocularly on

  1. given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious: jocular remarks about opera stars.

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

  • joc·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·joc·u·lar, adjective
  • o·ver·joc·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·joc·u·lar, adjective
  • sem·i·joc·u·lar·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with jocular Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use jocular in a sentence

  • He became confident and talked jocularly of the tricks of his trade.

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for jocular


/ (ˈdʒɒkjʊlə) /

  1. characterized by joking and good humour

  2. meant lightly or humorously; facetious

Origin of jocular

C17: from Latin joculāris, from joculus little joke

Derived forms of jocular

  • jocularity (ˌdʒɒkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun
  • jocularly, adverb

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