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"Oops!" her father agreed jocularly.
Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  characterized by jokes and good humor
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jocular jocularity jocularly
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Often used to describe someone trying to lighten the mood.
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  • "Oops!" her father agreed jocularly.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • "You’re rude, jocular; and the one time you do something serious, it tears at the fabric of our nation.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "Certainly," he said with a jocularity that I saw as false but was probably convincing for the others.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And as much as I understood that they probably liked me well enough and found my company (and convenient stewardship of them) pleasing, what I looked forward to each year with genuine fondness was being with fellow businessmen, and passing those easy, jocular hours of camaraderie by the pool or greenside or in a smoky bar, when we spoke of nothing profound or consequential but still seemed to make the time somehow worthwhile.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • "Bad news," I improvised in a jocular tone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There are jocular terms for it: up the spout, bun in the oven.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jocular shrug.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Another would be jocular in tone, slapping you on the back, so to speak.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Many jocular comments followed, as did another onslaught of "heil Hitlering."
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Where would I not go at the countess’ command!" said Denisov, who at the Rostovs’ had jocularly assumed the role of Natasha’s knight.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • ’What’s the matter with you, porochial Dick?’ inquired Mr. Bumble, with well-timed jocularity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His demeanor was friendly, almost jocular, as he approached.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • All such professors of the several branches of jocularity would have been sternly repressed, not only by the rigid discipline of law, but by the general sentiment which give law its vitality.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He gave her a jocular grin and scratched the side of his face.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Remember," the announcer added jocularly, "that’s how the Donners got into trouble.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • But I beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper, jocularly hinted to Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to establish himself accordingly.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Don’t tell me you didn’t know I was to be your brother-in-law this spring," he said with nervous jocularity.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Her men-friends would assume a sort of forced heartiness and ask me jocular questions about history or painting, guessing I had not long left school and that this would be my only form of conversation.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • There was some speculation at the dinner-table about the Time Traveller’s absence, and I suggested time travelling, in a half-jocular spirit.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Long practised in all the subtle arts of his race, he drew, with great dexterity and quickness, the fantastic shadow that the natives were accustomed to consider as the evidence of a friendly and jocular disposition.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • My wife smiled, for her dislike of tobacco was well known, and she answered in the same jocular tone: ’Do you not think that a mattress stuffed with these leaves would be very cool in summer?’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • They called him ’Yo-Yo’ jocularly and came in tipsy late at night and woke him up with their clumsy, bumping, giggling efforts to be quiet, then bombarded him with asinine shouts of hilarious good-fellowship when he sat up cursing to complain.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He retains hold of my arm, and as he talks his spine straightens imperceptibly, his chest expands, his voice assumes more and more the sprightliness and jocularity of youth.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • If a man simply lets others pay for him, he is "mean"; if he boasts of it in a jocular manner and twits his fellows with having been scored off, he is no longer "mean" but a comical fellow.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • This, and my being esteem’d a pretty good riggite, that is, a jocular verbal satirist, supported my consequence in the society.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • She did it gloomily until she came to ten, but when she got into two figures she became more hopeful, and, as the time advanced, even jocular.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Another chapter dealt with the IPO of Telia stock—it was the book’s most jocular and ironic section, in which some financial writers were castigated by name, including one William Borg, to whom Blomkvist seemed to be particularly hostile.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Front-de-Boeuf, on the contrary, seemed impatient of their ill-timed jocularity.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • After we exchanged pleasantries, he spoke briefly with Martin Adams and Anatoli Boukreev, who were standing just above Harris through his oxygen mask, trying to affect a jocular tone and me, waiting to descend the Step.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "Even on MacMurfee?" he asked, with a hint of jocularity, to which I didn’t respond.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • "He’ll be top-sawyer soon of you two, and carry all afore him," added jocular Mr. Tubber.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He’s noticed a jocular, familial air to the hallways of East Andrews, a feeling (more relief than resignation) that this place, in some official way, has now become home for all of them.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • (jocularly.) Well, I’d have a good look at your coins for a start!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Again, and Paul could understand him least then, he was jocular and in high spirits.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • To whom this honourable and jocular, member fraternally said one day, ’Jem, there’s a good opening among the hard Fact fellows, and they want men.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He had not dared to return to the Room of Requirement to retrieve his book, and his performance in Potions was suffer-ing accordingly (though Slughorn, who approved of Ginny, had jocularly attributed this to Harry being lovesick).
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Miss Corby’s role was jocularity: she always entered the conversation with a handspring.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Simon can’t tell whether or not he intends to be jocular.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He quickly returned home to a routine that never varied: menial work, the bottle, the police, the jocular but tormenting question from his fellow Pimas: "How’s the hero, Ira?"
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Suddenly a familiar whine threatens my jocular mood.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The list was clearly jocular.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He preferred to be jocular.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Over the barton-gate the dairyman saw them, and came forward, throwing into his face the kind of jocularity deemed appropriate in Talbothays and its vicinity on the re-appearance of the newly-married.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The closer they were to action, the more jocularity bothered him.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • She was incapable of elaborate artifice, and she resorted to no jocular device—to no affectation of the belief that she had been maligned—to learn what she desired.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • If she was jocular, he used to revolve her jokes in his mind, and explode over them half an hour afterwards in the street, to the surprise of the groom in the tilbury by his side, or the comrade riding with him in Rotten Row.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "You’ve got to look after Barnard," he told Miss Brinklow, half jocularly, half meaning it; and she answered with the coyness of an eagle: "I’ll do my best, but you know, I’ve never been roped before."
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The man would be an opinionated politician, heavily jocular about The Bride.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Schwartz in particular irritated him by his jocularity, vivacity, and savoir-faire, which reminded him of what he himself had been ten years ago.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Whether Young Smallweed (metaphorically called Small and eke Chick Weed, as it were jocularly to express a fledgling) was ever a boy is much doubted in Lincoln’s Inn.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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Associated words [difficulty]:   jocular [4] , wry [1] , droll [3] , sardonic [3] , whimsical [4] , facetious [5] , mordant [8]
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