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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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  • More than once Mr. Fetherbee felt, as he jocosely expressed it, as if every minute would be the next!

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Sir William then asked him jocosely if he could find out which was his dove.

  • It was as if, jocosely enough, he had had time to make up his mind how to meet her.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • Toward morning he called Denison to "take the helm," as he jocosely termed it.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • But, he jocosely remarks, you shall receive it from me, which you will deem authority to the full as unexceptionable.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
  • The man "Pop" said jocosely, that I might be allowed to die in the bosom of my family.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • I thought that on taking up my Violin to practise, I jocosely asked him if he could play on that instrument.

    The Violin George Hart
  • "We might take up a contribution for you, Silas," said the constable, jocosely.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • "Keep your hair on, my young friend," replied Mr. Barker jocosely.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
  • I suppose,” retorted Gale, regarding her jocosely, “you asked him about it.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for jocosely


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 jocosely



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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