[ joh-kohs, juh- ]
See synonyms for: jocosejocoselyjocoseness on

  1. given to or characterized by joking; jesting; humorous; playful: his typically lively and jocose manner.

Origin of jocose

First recorded in 1665–75; from Latin jocōsus, equivalent to joc(us) “jest” + -ōsus adjective suffix; see joke, -ose1

synonym study For jocose

See jovial.

Other words for jocose

Other words from jocose

  • jo·cose·ly, adverb
  • jo·cose·ness, noun
  • qua·si-jo·cose, adjective
  • qua·si-jo·cose·ly, adverb
  • un·jo·cose, adjective
  • un·jo·cose·ly, adverb
  • un·jo·cose·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with jocose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use jocose in a sentence

  • Hence the name of aunt, by which I continued to call Theresa, and which my friends sometimes jocosely repeated.

  • Out of court Mr. Hallett, it is said, jocosely offers to bet ten dollars that he "will get Mr. Parker indicted."

  • She, at first, took what I said jocosely; and in her frolicsome humor, did and said things which made me die of love.

  • Nick accepted jocosely the attitude of suspense, but there was even more of it in his heart than in his face.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • "I fancy I can tell an east wind when I feel it," said Mr. Skratdj, jocosely, to the company.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales | Juliana Horatia Ewing

British Dictionary definitions for jocose


/ (dʒəˈkəʊs) /

  1. characterized by humour; merry

Origin of jocose

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

Derived forms of jocose

  • jocosely, adverb
  • jocoseness or jocosity (dʒəˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

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