[ jok-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈdʒɒk yə lər /


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 confused

jocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jocularly


/ (ˈdʒɒkjʊlə) /


characterized by joking and good humour
meant lightly or humorously; facetious

Derived Forms

jocularity (ˌdʒɒkjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounjocularly, adverb

Word Origin for jocular

C17: from Latin joculāris, from joculus little joke
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