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[joh-kohs, juh-]
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  1. given to or characterized by joking; jesting; humorous; playful: a jocose and amusing manner.
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Origin of jocose

1665–75; < Latin jocōsus, equivalent to joc(us) joke + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsjo·cose·ly, adverbjo·cose·ness, nounqua·si-jo·cose, adjectivequa·si-jo·cose·ly, adverbun·jo·cose, adjectiveun·jo·cose·ly, adverbun·jo·cose·ness, noun
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial)


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facetious, waggish, witty, funny, droll, comical, sportive, merry. See jovial.
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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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for jocose


  1. characterized by humour; merry
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Derived Formsjocosely, adverbjocoseness or jocosity (dʒəˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin jocōsus given to jesting, from jocus joke
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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.

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