jocular
adjective Etymology: Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus Date: 1626 1. given to jesting ; habitually jolly or jocund 2. characterized by jesting ; playful Synonyms: see wittyjocularity nounjocularly adverb

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  • jocular — joc u*lar (j[o^]k [ u]*l[ e]r), a. [L. jocularis, fr. joculus, dim. of jocus joke. See {Joke}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to jesting; jocose; as, a jocular person. [1913 Webster] 2. Sportive; merry. Jocular exploits. Cowper. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jocular — joculár adj. m., pl. joculári; f. sg. joculáră, pl. joculáre Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  JOCULÁR, Ă adj. glumeţ. (< lat. iocularis) …   Dicționar Român

  • jocular — adjective amusing, arch, comic, diverting, facetious, frisky, frivolous, frolicsome, full of fun, funny, gamesome, gay, given to joking, gleeful, gleesome, hilarious, humorous, iocosus, iocularis, jesting, jocose, jocund, joking, jolly, joshing,… …   Law dictionary

  • jocular — (adj.) 1620s, from L. iocularis funny, comic, from ioculus, dim. of iocus (see JOKE (Cf. joke)). Implies evasion of an issue by a joke …   Etymology dictionary

  • jocular — jocose, humorous, facetious, *witty Analogous words: jovial, jolly, *merry: *playful, sportive: funny, droll, comic, comical, *laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous Contrasted words: grave, earnest, solemn, somber, *serious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jocular — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fond of or characterized by joking; humorous. DERIVATIVES jocularity noun jocularly adverb. ORIGIN Latin jocularis, from jocus jest, joke …   English terms dictionary

  • jocular — [jäk′yə lər] adj. [L jocularis < joculus, dim. of jocus,JOKE] 1. joking; humorous; full of fun 2. said as a joke SYN. WITTY jocularity [jäk′yo͞olar′ə tē, jäk′yəlar′ə tē] n. pl. jocularities jocularly adv …   English World dictionary

  • jocular — [[t]ʤɒ̱kjʊlə(r)[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone has a jocular manner, you mean that they are cheerful and often make jokes or try to make people laugh. [FORMAL] He was in a less jocular mood than usual... The song was written in a light… …   English dictionary

  • jocular — jocularly, adv. /jok yeuh leuhr/, adj. given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious: jocular remarks about opera stars. [1620 30; < L jocularis, equiv. to jocul(us) little joke (joc(us) JOKE + ulus… …   Universalium

  • jocular — adjective /ˈʤɒkjʊlə,ˈʤɑkjəlɚ/ Humorous, amusing or joking. He was in a jocular mood all day. Syn: dismissive, jokey, unemotional, silly Ant: heartfelt, serious …   Wiktionary

  • jocular — See jolly. See jolly, jocular, jovial …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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