[joh-kohs, juh-]


given to or characterized by joking; jesting; humorous; playful: a jocose and amusing manner.

Nearby words

  1. jockey for position,
  2. jockey shorts,
  3. jocko,
  4. jockstrap,
  5. jockteleg,
  6. jocosely,
  7. jocosity,
  8. jocular,
  9. jocularity,
  10. jocularly

Origin of jocose

1665–75; < Latin jocōsus, equivalent to joc(us) joke + -ōsus -ose1

Related forms
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at jovial) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jocose



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

Word Origin for jocose

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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