- jolly, jocular, jovial
- These words are closely related in meaning to each other and to such adjectives as merry, convivial, gay, mirthful, jocund, jocose, gleeful, happy, cheerful, blithe, sportive, sprightly, airy, light-hearted, lively, vivacious, and frolicsome. Jolly especially denotes a natural, good-humored, expansive gaiety of mood or disposition: "We had a jolly crowd at the last party." "For he's a jolly good fellow." Jocular suggests "joking," "jesting," "waggish," "facetious": "Many jocular remarks were addressed to the bridegroom." "Being in a jocular mood, the speaker told several amusing stories." Jovial suggests a hearty, earthy, joyous humor, a spirit of good-fellowship: "He was a jovial host who made everyone feel welcome."
Dictionary of problem words and expressions. Harry Shaw. 1975.
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jocular — See jolly. See jolly, jocular, jovial … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
jovial — See jolly, jocular, jovial … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
jolly — See jolly, jocular, jovial … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
jolly — adj jovial, jocund, *merry, blithe Analogous words: bantering, chaffing, jollying, joshing (see BANTER vb): jocular, jocose, *witty, humorous, facetious: sportive, *playful, mischievous, roguish, waggish, frolicsome: gay, *lively, vivacious,… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
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/jocose/jocund — [adj] funny, playful amusing, blithe, camp, cheerful, comic, comical, crazy, daffy, droll, facetious, flaky*, frolicsome, gay, gleeful, happy, humorous, jesting, jokey, joking, jolly, joshing, jovial, joyous, laughable, lighthearted, lively,… … New thesaurus
jocular — Synonyms and related words: Attic, biting, brilliant, buxom, clever, comic, comical, droll, facetious, frivolous, funny, gleeful, hilarious, humorous, humorsome, jesting, jocose, jocund, joking, joky, jolly, joshing, jovial, joyful, joyous, keen … Moby Thesaurus
jovial — jolly, jocund, *merry, blithe Analogous words: jocular, jocose, facetious, humorous, *witty: genial, sociable, affable (see GRACIOUS): good natured, *amiable: bantering, chaffing, jollying, joshing (see BANTER vb) Contrasted words: saturnine,… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
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
jovial — jovially, adv. jovialness, n. /joh vee euhl/, adj. 1. endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host. 2. (cap.) of or pertaining to the god Jove, or Jupiter. [1580 90; < ML… … Universalium