jo·​cose | \ jō-ˈkōs How to pronounce jocose (audio) , jə- \

Definition of jocose

1 : given to joking : merry
2 : characterized by joking : humorous

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jocosely adverb
jocoseness noun
jocosity \ jō-​ˈkä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce jocosity (audio) , jə-​ \ noun

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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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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.

Examples of jocose in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of jocose

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jocose

Latin jocosus, from jocus joke

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“Jocose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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formal + literary : very cheerful

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