Definition of jocular in English:

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jocular

Pronunciation: /ˈjäkyələr/

adjective

Fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful: she sounded in a jocular mood his voice was jocular
More example sentences
  • Harmless jokes or jocular winking at the workplace can lead to activation of such guidelines.
  • It takes talent to transform a joke into a jocular jewel and the cast of the Mad Mission movies succeeds time and time again.
  • Dublin had just demolished Donegal and he was in particularly jocular mood.
Synonyms
humorous, funny, witty, comic, comical, amusing, droll, waggish, jokey, hilarious, facetious, tongue-in-cheek, teasing, playful;
lighthearted, jovial, cheerful, cheery, merry
formal jocose, ludic

Derivatives

jocularity

Pronunciation: /ˌjäkyəˈlerədē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The jocularity soon gave way to ‘the bad omen theory’.
  • Bartending is about banter and jocularity, but it is also often about maintaining a cautious eye, and to some extent, babysitting.
  • But I think some decent and sincere people on the Right misunderstand the jocularity around here for a lack of sincerity.

jocularly

Pronunciation: /ˈjäkyələrlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • He remarked jocularly, ‘It is because of the joint family that I am here now.’
  • ‘The Rainbow Theatre once screened only English films and it was beyond my capacity to understand them,’ he confessed jocularly.
  • ‘And the money is welcome too,’ says Ashdown jocularly.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus (see joke).

Words that rhyme with jocular

binocular, ocular

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: joc·u·lar

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