Definition of jocular in English:

jocular

adjective

  • 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.’
    • ‘The discussion was fast paced and jocular, with nearly all of the jokes at the expense of IMX's desperate competitors.’
    • ‘July is one of the most popular jocund, jocose, and jocular months of the year.’
    • ‘They show no signs of mistreatment and even have a jocular relationship with the two guards.’
    • ‘In a jocular vein he speaks about the raw deal meted out to directors by certain half-baked specialists ‘who speak authoritatively’ about cinema.’
    • ‘Before departing on my jocular journey, I needed to know a little more about the ‘Land of Blizzards, Bugs & Beer’.’
    • ‘While jocular and jovial most of the time, these two titans can grow a bit wearisome with their constant credit taking.’
    • ‘Like previous national meetings, the NAS conference proceeded in a mostly serious, yet occasionally jocular mood.’
    • ‘You'll be splenetic and over-heated and I'll be jocular and whimsical.’
    • ‘Like many a fond father he was relaxed, expansive and jocular.’
    • ‘This was his rather jocular response at the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jack was blessed with a sunny, jocular disposition and was never rushed, making time for everyone.’
    • ‘Harmless jokes or jocular winking at the workplace can lead to activation of such guidelines.’
    • ‘Two terribly eager young men were dueling with megaphones, exchanging jocular insults across the concourse.’
    • ‘This incident encapsulated the nature of the jocular Scotsman's influential ministry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    jokey
    sportive
    jocose, ludic
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

jocular

/ˈjäkyələr/