Restraining vs Jocular - What's the difference?

restraining | jocular |

As a verb restraining

is .

As a noun restraining

is the act by which someone or something is restrained.

As an adjective jocular is

(formal) humorous]], amusing or [[joke|joking.




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act by which someone or something is restrained.
  • * George Meredith
  • She had the privilege of a soul beyond our minor rules and restrainings to speak her wishes to the true wife of a mock husband—no husband; less a husband than this shadow of a woman a wife, she said;




    (en adjective)
  • (formal) Humorous]], amusing or [[joke, joking.
  • He was in a jocular mood all day.
    All we had was a short and jocular conversation.
  • * 1865 , , chapter IV:
  • From the tone of the speaker, the last words might be understood to be jocular .
  • * 1896 , , chapter 15:
  • Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight.
  • * 1910 , :
  • Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down.


    * (humorous) dismissive, jokey, unemotional, silly; see also


    * (humorous) heartfelt, serious, sincere

    Derived terms

    * jocularly * jocularity * jocularness