[<< wiktionary] jocular
== English ==


=== Etymology ===
From Latin iocularis, from ioculus (“a little jest”), diminutive of iocus (“a jest”).


=== Pronunciation ===
(Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɒkjʊlə/
(US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɑkjəlɚ/


=== Adjective ===
jocular (comparative more jocular, superlative most jocular)

Humorous, amusing or joking.
He was in a jocular mood all day.
All we had was a short and jocular conversation.1865, Horatio Alger, Paul Prescott's Charge, chapter IV:
From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular.
1896, H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau, chapter 15:
Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight.
1910, Stephen Leacock, The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones:
Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down.


==== Synonyms ====
(humorous): jokey, silly, joculous; see also Thesaurus:witty


==== Antonyms ====
(humorous): heartfelt, serious, sincere


==== Derived terms ====


==== Related terms ====
joke


==== Translations ====


==== Further reading ====
jocular in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
jocular in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
jocular at OneLook Dictionary Search