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jocose

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adjective jo·cose \jō-ˈkōs, jə-\

Simple Definition of jocose

  • : very cheerful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jocose

  1. 1 :  given to joking :  merry

  2. 2 :  characterized by joking :  humorous

jocosely adverb
jocoseness noun
jocosity play \jō-ˈkä-sə-tē, jə-\ noun

Examples of jocose in a sentence

  1. <the comedian's jocose introductions kept the awards ceremony from becoming a stodgy affair>



Did You Know?

When you need a word to describe something (or someone) that causes or is intended to cause laughter, you might pick "jocose" or a synonym such as "humorous," "witty," "facetious," or "jocular." Of those terms, "humorous" is the most generic and can be applied to anything that provokes laughter. "Witty" suggests cleverness and a quick mind, while facetious is a word for something that is not meant to be taken seriously. "Jocose" and "jocular" both imply a habitual waggishness and a fondness for joking.

Origin of jocose

Latin jocosus, from jocus joke


First Known Use: 1673

Synonym Discussion of jocose

witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.


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