Definition of jocular in English:



  • Fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful.

    ‘she sounded in a jocular mood’
    ‘his voice was jocular’
    • ‘In a jocular way he replied, Lucky you, and walked on.’
    • ‘Witty and polished, the film takes a jocular view of the characters and their failings but doesn't judge events.’
    • ‘They show no signs of mistreatment and even have a jocular relationship with the two guards.’
    • ‘Like previous national meetings, the NAS conference proceeded in a mostly serious, yet occasionally jocular mood.’
    • ‘For one significant reason, the jocular Thomson can afford not to be too downbeat about the Fifers' 8-1 mauling on their own patch last month.’
    • ‘You'll be splenetic and over-heated and I'll be jocular and whimsical.’
    • ‘In a jocular vein he speaks about the raw deal meted out to directors by certain half-baked specialists ‘who speak authoritatively’ about cinema.’
    • ‘It takes talent to transform a joke into a jocular jewel and the cast of the Mad Mission movies succeeds time and time again.’
    • ‘July is one of the most popular jocund, jocose, and jocular months of the year.’
    • ‘Harmless jokes or jocular winking at the workplace can lead to activation of such guidelines.’
    • ‘Jack was blessed with a sunny, jocular disposition and was never rushed, making time for everyone.’
    • ‘This was his rather jocular response at the time.’
    • ‘Dublin had just demolished Donegal and he was in particularly jocular mood.’
    • ‘Before departing on my jocular journey, I needed to know a little more about the ‘Land of Blizzards, Bugs & Beer’.’
    • ‘Two terribly eager young men were dueling with megaphones, exchanging jocular insults across the concourse.’
    • ‘While jocular and jovial most of the time, these two titans can grow a bit wearisome with their constant credit taking.’
    • ‘This incident encapsulated the nature of the jocular Scotsman's influential ministry.’
    • ‘Like many a fond father he was relaxed, expansive and jocular.’
    • ‘The discussion was fast paced and jocular, with nearly all of the jokes at the expense of IMX's desperate competitors.’
    • ‘And the president's habit of roughing people up with jocular derision doesn't work as well when the trappings of power aren't all around him.’
    humorous, funny, witty, comic, comical, amusing, chucklesome, droll, entertaining, diverting, joking, jesting, hilarious, facetious, tongue-in-cheek
    playful, light-hearted, jolly, jovial, cheerful, cheery, merry, mirthful, roguish, waggish, whimsical, teasing
    jocose, ludic
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Early 17th century: from Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus (see joke).