[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. jockstrap,
  2. jockteleg,
  3. jocose,
  4. jocosely,
  5. jocosity,
  6. jocularity,
  7. jocularly,
  8. jocund,
  9. jocundity,
  10. jocundly

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) 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 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 jocularly



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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