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

Definition of jocose

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

Other Words from jocose

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

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

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.

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 18 Aug. 2022.

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