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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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Related Words

jokingly, amusingly, merrily, ridiculously, absurdly, facetiously, ironically, jocosely, jovially, ludicrously, playfully, satirically

Examples from the Web for jocosely

Historical Examples

  • I suppose,” retorted Gale, regarding her jocosely, “you asked him about it.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • On entering Smithfield, he jocosely said, that the place had long groaned for him.

  • "Don't trouble yourself to write," said the giant, jocosely.

  • "Oh, it is only a left-handed marriage," said Abellino, jocosely.

  • Sir William then asked him jocosely if he could find out which was his dove.

British Dictionary definitions for jocosely


  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 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.

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