Jocular vs Sportive - What's the difference?

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Jocular is a related term of sportive.

As adjectives the difference between jocular and sportive

is that jocular is (formal) humorous]], amusing or [[joke|joking while sportive is gay; frolicsome; merry.

As a noun sportive is

(cycling) cyclosportive.

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(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




    (en adjective)
  • gay; frolicsome; merry
  • Is it I / That drive thee from the sportive court? — Shakespeare.
  • Playful, coltish.
  • Interested in sport.
  • Sporty, good at sport.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (cycling) cyclosportive
  • * 2012 , July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
  • Such incidents, part of the cherished mythology of the Tour's early years, are rare in modern cycling, although a 62-year-old local councillor was arrested and subsequently released after tacks had been scattered during the 2009 Etape Caledonia, a sportive held on closed roads in Scotland, causing countless punctures among the 3,500 riders.


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