Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by joking.
  • adj. Given to joking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Humorous, amusing or joking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to jesting; jocose.
  • adj. Sportive; merry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to jesting; jocose; merry; waggish: said of persons.
  • Of the nature of or containing a joke; sportive; not serious: as, a jocular expression or style.
  • Synonyms See jocose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with humor
  • adj. characterized by jokes and good humor

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin ioculāris, droll, from ioculus, diminutive of iocus, joke; see yek- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin iocularis, from ioculus ("a little jest"), diminutive of iocus ("a jest").

Examples

  • Further, The Daily Show's Asif Mandvi, who happens to be an Indian-American Muslim in addition to being funny, could make a cameo appearance to help define and explain a new word e.g. the word jocular to the young viewing audience.

    Engy Abdelkader: Islamophobic Bullying In Our Schools

  • That which is commonly known by the term jocular and comick, is nothing but a turn of expression, an airy phantom, that must be caught at a particular point.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • Just as mysteriously, in a little more than a century, a new past tense form, snuck, has crept and then rushed out of dialectal use in America, first into the areas of use that lexicographers label jocular or uneducated, and more recently, has reached the point where it is a virtual rival of sneaked in many parts of the English-speaking world.

    SpikedHumor - Today's Videos and Pictures

  • We, must take RESPONSIBILITY to FIX this world and SHE (THEY!) will just reign supreme in jocular sniping snobbery.

    In ad wars, Obama spends more but Clinton sets tempo

  • “Well, he — sometimes he would be a bit what he used to call jocular — about the spirits, you know, and what they said.”

    When Last I Died

  • This, and my being esteem’d a pretty good riggite, that is, a jocular verbal satirist, supported my consequence in the society.

    Paras. 51-100

  • This, and my being esteem'd a pretty good riggite, that is, a jocular verbal satirist, supported my consequence in the society.

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • This, and my being esteem'd a pretty good _riggite_, that is, a jocular verbal satirist, supported my consequence in the society.

    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • To which I'd like to add - talking loudly on a mobile phone so that the whole carriage is forced to listen, making long speeches when called to ask a short question at a meeting, making "jocular" remarks to people about their weight in particular saying "you're looking prosperous", putting people on round robin email lists without their permission.

    Comment Central Competitions

  • If a reporter asks a question and gets only a hand gesture as a response, what exactly makes it read as "jocular"?

    Archive 2006-03-01

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