jocose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj jocose characterized by jokes and good humor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a jocose Given to jokes and jesting; containing a joke, or abounding in jokes; merry; sportive; humorous. "To quit their austerity and be jocose and pleasant with an adversary.""All . . . jocose or comical airs should be excluded.""Spondanus imagines that Ulysses may possibly speak jocosely , but in truth Ulysses never behaves with levity.""He must beware lest his letter should contain anything like jocoseness ; since jesting is incompatible with a holy and serious life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jocose Given to jokes and jesting; merry; waggish, as a person.
    • jocose Of the nature of a joke or jest; sportive; merry: as, a jocose remark; jocose or comical airs. Synonyms Jocose, Jocund, jocular, facetious, merry, waggish, witty, droll, humorous, funny. In jocose cheerfulness or light-heartedness is an accidental thing; in jocund it is the essential idea. The disposition to make good-humored jests is the essential thing in jocose, but is not necessarily implied in jocund.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Jocose jo-kōs′ full of jokes: humorous: merry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L jocosus, fr. jocus, joke. See Joke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. jocosusjocus, a joke.

Usage

In literature:

I have often, in a jocose mood, amused myself with analyzing this odor.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, June 1844" by Various
I had spoken jocosely, but she received my pleasantry with a serious face.
"A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly" by Henry James
He was informed in a jocose way that they were making Epping butter!
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
That grimly-jocose reference to his poverty was a feature of Gourlay's talk now, when he spoke of money to his family.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
He pressed forward to keep up with her; and upon the other side, smiling, irrepressible, jocose, Mr. Hobson did the same.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
A message sent out on the 25th of November, even showed signs of spurious jocosity.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The answer which I propose to give to-night cannot be jocose.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Sir William then asked him jocosely if he could find out which was his dove.
"The Surprising Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars; containing his Life, a Dictionary of the Cant Language, and many Entertaining Particulars of that Extraordinary Man" by Unknown
Toward morning he called Denison to "take the helm," as he jocosely termed it.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Indians do not readily understand or appreciate the half-jocose way in which Englishmen are wont to show friendliness to others.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
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In poetry:

White artist he, who, breezeless nights,
From tingling stars jocosely whirls,
A harlequin in spangled tights,
His wand a pot of pounded pearls.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
The gods are dead? Perhaps they are! Who knows?
Living at least in Lempriere undeleted,
The wise, the fair, the awful, the jocose,
Are one and all. I like to think, retreated
In some still land of lilacs and the rose.
"The Gods Are Dead" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Rachel has the kind of jocose personality that can liven up even the dullest of parties.
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