Weekly Word: Jocular


It’s that time of week again where I share a word that I find interesting.

This week’s Weekly Word is: jocular


Part of Speech


Word Forms

  • jocularity (noun)
  • jocularly (adverb)

Related Words

  • overjocular (adjective)
  • overjocularly (adverb)
  • semijocular (adjective)


joc·​u·​lar | jok-yuh-ler | jä-kyə-lər


  1. fond of or characterized by joking; habitually jolly
  2. behaviour, actions or speech that is humorous or playful

Word Origin

First known use, 1626, from Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus


  1. blithe, bubbly, cheerful, facetious, gleeful, happy, humourous, jocose, jocund, jolly, jovial, lighthearted, playful, witty
  2. amusing, droll, funny, hilarious, joking, teasing


  1. depressed, dour, gloomy, sad, serious, solemn, unhappy
  2. heartfelt, serious, sincere

Use the Word

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Julia frowned after her husband as Derek walked back up to the house with an uncharacteristic bounce in his step. His words had been spoken in a jocular manner that simply made her feel uneasy. Derek had never in his life been jocular.  If anything, he was probably the epitome of the word dour. Such jocularity from him now was worrying – so much so that Julia couldn’t help but wonder what might be wrong.


If you would like to join in with this activity in any way, feel free to do so. You could either share a Weekly Word of your own – this week beginning with the letter J – or you could use my word, or Millie Thom’s, as inspiration for a post. This could be a piece of poetry, flash fiction, or any form of prose you choose. Just share a link in the comments so we can see what you’ve been up to!

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