jocose

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adjective jo·cose \jō-ˈkōs, jə-\

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

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Examples of jocose in a Sentence

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

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.

Origin and Etymology of jocose

Latin jocosus, from jocus joke

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

JOCOSE Defined for English Language Learners

jocose

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adjective

Definition of jocose for English Language Learners

  • : very cheerful



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