jolly, jocular, jovial


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."

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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