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jocund

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj jocund full of or showing high-spirited merriment "when hearts were young and gay","a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth","the jolly crowd at the reunion","jolly old Saint Nick","a jovial old gentleman","have a merry Christmas","peals of merry laughter","a mirthful laugh"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Jocund Merrily; cheerfully.
    • Jocund Merry; cheerful; gay; airy; lively; sportive. "Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
      Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops."
      "Rural sports and jocund strains."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jocund Merry; lively; cheerful; blithe; gleeful; gay; mirthful; airy; sprightly; sportive; light-hearted.
    • jocund Synonyms Jocose, Jocund. See jocose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Jocund jok′und in a jocose humour: merry: cheerful: pleasant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. jocundus, jucundus, orig., helpful, fr. juvare, to help. See Aid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. jocundusjocus.

Usage

In literature:

Everywhere the birds were singing jocundly.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
This may sound jocund, but the writer testifies that it is true.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
O jocund light taken from thy unhappy brother!
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
They all felt quite merry and jocund.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
That psalms of rejoicing be sung with a loud voice and a swift and jocund measure.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
On what light and jocund scenes we look!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
Oh, what a fund of joy jocund lies hid in harmless hoaxes!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Now the sky was lighted up a rosy red, so fast came on the 'jocund morn a tiptoe' over the waves.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
His usually jocund face was lugubrious and worried.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
Before their imperturbable jocundity what bad humour can exist?
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
The dance went on with jocund carelessness.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
Bells filled the air with jocund music.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
The occasions are similar and mournful, although the contests are inspired by, and inspire a jocund mood.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Nothing could be more jocund, more typical, of the young men and the trail.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
It is well he can be so jocund and happy.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
Her voice once so glowing and so jocund, was tremulous, and her brown hair, once so abundant, was thin and gray.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He tramped in with a jocund greeting, sat down on the kitchen floor in a path of sunlight, and leaned against the wall, smoking.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
There was something half painful in their jocund gayety and archness.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
She carried a delightful jocundity wherever she went.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Then from the jocund morn to eve employed, My gracious master on my back I bore.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
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In poetry:

Who then more blest than
When the glad schoolboy's task was done,
And forth, with jocund spirit, I run
To freedom and to joy?
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
Hark! how the merry bells ring jocund round,
And now they die upon the veering breeze
Anon they thunder loud
Full on the musing ear.
"On Whit-Monday" by Henry Kirke White
They met not as they once had met,
To laugh o'er many a jocund tale
But every pulse was beating low,
And every cheek was cold and pale.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Bright smiles the face of bucksome day,
And merry bells their changes ring ;
But who is he in trim so gay,
Whose looks are glad as jocund Spring ?
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
BRITANNIA's sons, once more rejoice,
Let jocund mirth your cares dispel;
Be it proclaim'd with cheerful voice,
Each tongue the glad'ning tidings tell.
"On His Majesty’s Happy Recovery" by Elizabeth Bentley
Still - still the jocund train shall flow,
The pulse with vigorous rapture beat;
My Stella with new charms shall glow,
And every bliss in wine shall meet.
"Autumn" by Samuel Johnson