[joh-kos-i-tee, juh-]

noun, plural jo·cos·i·ties.

the state or quality of being jocose.
joking or jesting.
a joke or jest.

Origin of jocosity

First recorded in 1640–50; jocose + -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jocosity

Historical Examples of jocosity

  • The purity of woman and the reality of religion are not considered topics for jocosity.

  • "I'll give you a penny for them thoughts," he said, with an air of jocosity.

  • But it was only with a favoured few that she descended to jocosity.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories

    Marian T. MacIntosh

  • The result was apparent in the jocosity of this heavy Mr. Mavering's reply.

    April Hopes

    William Dean Howells

  • Ayre accepted his friend's jocosity and his own excitement with equal placidity.

    Father Stafford

    Anthony Hope

Word Origin and History for jocosity

1640s; see jocose + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper