jocularity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

jocular +‎ -ity

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌdʒɑkjəˈlɛɹɪti/

Noun[edit]

jocularity (countable and uncountable, plural jocularities)

  1. Joking, humorous remarks or behaviour.
    • 1791, James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, London: Charles Dilly, p. 494,[1]
      It should seem he had that day been in a humour for jocularity and merriment, and upon such occasions I never knew a man laugh more heartily.
    • 1824, Walter Scott, Redgauntlet, Edinburgh: Archibald Constable & Co., Volume III, Chapter 5, p. 156,[2]
      [] Cristal Nixon at that moment rode up to them, and said, with an affectation of jocularity which sat very ill upon his sullen features, []
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, London: Hutchinson, Chapter 74,
      All were armed with pistols, and there was a small armoury of rifles against a wall. “Guns,” I said with fearful jocularity, “in a holy place?”
    • 1989, Jack Vance, Madouc, Chapter Four,
      Madouc was neither pleased nor impressed by Prince Bittern’s mannerisms, and remained pointedly unresponsive to his lame jocularities.

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