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

  • adj. Sprightly and lighthearted in disposition, character, or quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. jovial, exuberant, lighthearted; merry and in high spirits : exhibiting happiness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Merry; cheerful; gay; airy; lively; sportive.
  • adv. Merrily; cheerfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Merry; lively; cheerful; blithe; gleeful; gay; mirthful; airy; sprightly; sportive; light-hearted.
  • Synonyms Jocose, Jocund. See jocose.

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

  • adj. full of or showing high-spirited merriment


Middle English, from Old French jocond, from Latin iūcundus, iōcundus, from iuvāre, to help, delight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French jocond, from Latin iūcundus ("pleasant, agreeable"). (Wiktionary)



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    March 11, 2011

  • We passed where flag and flower
    Signalled a jocund throng;
    We said: “Go to, the hour
    Is apt!�?—and joined the song;
    And, kindling, laughed at life and care,
    Although we knew no laugh lay there.

    - Thomas Hardy, 'Middle-Age Enthusiasms'.

    September 18, 2009