jocular

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj jocular characterized by jokes and good humor
    • adv jocular with humor "they tried to deal with this painful subject jocularly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • jocular Given to jesting; jocose; as, a jocular person.
    • jocular Sportive; merry. "Jocular exploits.""The style is partly serious and partly jocular ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jocular Given to jesting; jocose; merry; waggish: said of persons.
    • jocular Of the nature of or containing a joke; sportive; not serious: as, a jocular expression or style.
    • jocular Synonyms See jocose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Jocular jok′ū-lar given to jokes: humorous: droll: laughable
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Quotations

  • Edward Hoagland
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    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. jocularis, fr. joculus, dim. of jocus, joke. See Joke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. jocularisjocus.

Usage

In literature:

They read in his easy smile and jocular voice the deadly determination which possessed him.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
He was deeply touched by the realization that even those who were most jocular were regarding him with new respect.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Now and then he addressed somebody in obscene jocularity.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
Lingen was greatly moved; Urquhart became jocular.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
But after a moment of effort he banished it, and resorted to an imitation of jocularity.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
So the jocular business went apace.
"Vigée Le Brun" by Haldane MacFall
His deeply penitent mood next morning hurt and repelled her almost as much as his maudlin jocularity of the night before.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
In the course of events they were learning all about the matter, and some of the more ribald asked her jocular questions.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
When he is jocular, he is strong; when he is serious, he is like Samson in a wig.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
A jocular, jibing account.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

But jocular WAGGETY-WEH
Ogled DOODLE-DUM-DEY (which was wrong),
And neat little TITTY-FOL-LEH
Said, "TOOTLE-TUM, you go along!
You naughty old dear, go along!"
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"There is neat little TITTY-FOL-LEH,
There is rollicking TRAL-THE-RAL-LAH,
There is jocular WAGGETY-WEH,
There is musical DOH-REH-MI-FAH -
There's the nightingale DOH-REH-MI-FAH!"
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Allow me to explain;
I do observe with pain,
This jocular reflection on my native honestee,
My bump of truth is huge,
I'd scorn a subterfuge" -
Said plain Josephus Riley, from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

For Savannah Guthrie's 'Today' moment, girlish jocularity by the boatload .
Of course, there are fruitcakes that deserve the corny comments, jocular jokes, ribald remarks and tongue-in-cheek tales that circulate this time of year about them.
Slate's jocular, incisive podcast builds and engages an audience.
For Savannah Guthrie's 'Today' moment, girlish jocularity by the boatload.
Jocular Bill Clinton-allied pollsters warned last week that Obama may encounter an "impossible headwind in November" unless he changes course.
Jocular commentary is a hallowed part of British folk concerts.
'The Trip': Two British pals on a jocular jaunt .
'The Trip': Two British pals on a jocular jaunt.
Daily Diversion Judge Jameson's Jocularity Jeopardizes Jurisprudence.
Daily Diversion Judge Jameson's Jocularity Jeopardizes Jurisprudence .
The cockeyed witticism, from a jocular self-interview that the teenage Lorenz Hart published in a high school periodical, shows that his signature attitude toward life was already firmly in place, years before h...
Adapted by Guillermo del Toro from Mike Mignola's cult comic, Hellboy is both jocular and rhapsodic.
Is Penn State sorority photo insensitive — or just plain college jocularity.
0 For decades, Jimmy Savile, shown here in 2008, was a fixture on British television, an eccentric, aggressively jocular host of children's shows and a tireless charity fundraiser.
The jocularity around WILX some days is just too much.
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In science:

Indeed, the situation described is exactly reproduced in the course of the interpretation of jocular expressions.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
In a somewhat jocular way, we may say this was, perhaps the first experimental observation of supersymmetry in Nature.
A Proposal for Aleph_o Extended Supersymmetry in Integrable Systems
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