One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cheerful and lighthearted.‘a jocund wedding party’
cheerful, happy, jolly, merry, bright, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, elated, gleeful, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, animated, radiant, smiling, grinning, laughing, mirthful, frolicsomeView synonyms
- ‘He was always jocund and grinning, while I always just stare in annoyance.’
- ‘And I felt that if I was this happy in life, my life would be permanently happy and jocund.’
- ‘Accordingly, take in perfect part all I write and do; revere the cheese-shaped brain which feeds you this noble flummery; strive diligently to keep me ever jocund.’
- ‘I remember the advice given by the make-up artist François from Elizabeth Arden: ‘The jocund mouth gives the true chic.’’
- ‘But Eve, ‘heightened as with wine, jocund and boon’, hastens to tell Adam her good news.’
- ‘July is one of the most popular jocund, jocose, and jocular months of the year.’
- ‘Within a few months, he was his usual jocund self, and growing like an aurochs.’
- ‘‘Sit in the Sun’ and ‘By the Cathedral’ tug at opposing emotions, at once jocund and unsettling.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin jocundus, variant (influenced by jocus ‘joke’) of jucundus ‘pleasant, agreeable’, from juvare ‘to delight’.
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