jocose jo*cose" (j[-o]*k[=o]s"), a. [L jocosus, fr. jocus joke. See {Joke}.] Given to jokes and jesting; containing a joke, or abounding in jokes; merry; sportive; humorous. [1913 Webster]

To quit their austerity and be jocose and pleasant with an adversary. --Shaftesbury. [1913 Webster]

All . . . jocose or comical airs should be excluded. --I. Watts.

Syn: Jocular; facetious; witty; merry; pleasant; waggish; sportive; funny; comical. -- {jo*cose"ly}, adv. -- {jo*cose"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

Spondanus imagines that Ulysses may possibly speak jocosely, but in truth Ulysses never behaves with levity. --Broome. [1913 Webster]

He must beware lest his letter should contain anything like jocoseness; since jesting is incompatible with a holy and serious life. --Buckle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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