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[joh-kohs, juh-] /dʒoʊˈkoʊs, dʒə-/
given to or characterized by joking; jesting; humorous; playful:
a jocose and amusing manner.
Origin of jocose
1665-75; < Latin jocōsus, equivalent to joc(us) joke + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
jocosely, adverb
jocoseness, noun
quasi-jocose, adjective
quasi-jocosely, adverb
unjocose, adjective
unjocosely, adverb
unjocoseness, noun
Can be confused
jocose, jocular, jocund, jovial (see synonym study at jovial)
facetious, waggish, witty, funny, droll, comical, sportive, merry. See jovial. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jocose
Historical Examples
  • The rather numerous men of the family were dense and grumpy, or dense and jocose.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He was genial and jocose, sunburnt and romantically allusive.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • The tone of the proclamation was not as jocose as in the former Chigirin talks.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • A jocose answer to children when they say they have gotten nothing.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I have been asked why I employed a pleasant, jocose, and diverting style.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • He was jocose doubtless so as to pass the matter off lightly, and to spare my feelings.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • At length Colonel Clark turned to me with that quiet, jocose way he had when relaxed.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • His manner had always been jocose, and yet she knew of the earnestness behind it.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • He was informed in a jocose way that they were making Epping butter!

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • File, a deep or artful man, a jocose name for a cunning person.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for jocose


characterized by humour; merry
Derived Forms
jocosely, adverb
jocoseness, jocosity (dʒəˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jocōsus given to jesting, from jocusjoke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jocose

1670s, from Latin iocosus "full of jesting, joking," from iocus "pastime, sport; a jest, joke" (see joke (n.)). Implies ponderous humor. Related: Jocosely; jocoseness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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