jo·​cose jō-ˈkōs How to pronounce jocose (audio)
: given to joking : merry
: characterized by joking : humorous
jocosely adverb
jocoseness noun
jocosity noun

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The Funny Story of Jocose

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of jocose in a Sentence

the comedian's jocose introductions kept the awards ceremony from becoming a stodgy affair

Word History


Latin jocosus, from jocus joke

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jocose was in 1673


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“Jocose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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jo·​cose jō-ˈkōs How to pronounce jocose (audio)
jocosely adverb
jocoseness noun

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