adjective jo·cund \ˈjä-kənd also ˈjō-(ˌ)kənd\

Definition of JOCUND

:  marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness <a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company — William Wordsworth>
jo·cun·di·ty \jō-ˈkən-də-tē, jä-\ noun
jo·cund·ly \ˈjä-kənd-lē, ˈjō-(ˌ)\ adverb

Origin of JOCUND

Middle English, from Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jucundus, from juvare to help
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to JOCUND

blithesome, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, merry, jolly, jovial, laughing, mirthful, sunny

Synonym Discussion of JOCUND

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.


Next Word in the Dictionary: jocundnessPrevious Word in the Dictionary: jocumAll Words Near: jocund
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears