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From Latin iocōsus (humorous), from iocus (jest, joke).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /d͡ʒəˈkəʊs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /d͡ʒəˈkoʊs/, /d͡ʒoʊˈkoʊs/
  • Rhymes: (UK) -əʊs, (US) -oʊs


jocose (comparative more jocose, superlative most jocose) (formal)

  1. given to jesting; habitually jolly
    • 1659, John Gauden, chapter XXXI, in Ίερα Δακρυα [Hiera dakrya]. Ecclesiae Anglicanae Suspiria. The Tears, Sighs, Complaints, and Prayers of the Church of England: [], London: Printed by J[ohn] G[rismond] for R[ichard] Royston, [], →OCLC, book II (Searching the Causes and Occasions of the Church of England’s Decayes), page 251:
      Adde to this diſsipated and diſtracted ſtate of Miniſters, their private diſtreſſes and poverties, together with the publick neglect and indifferency of people toward them; who can wonder if they look pitifully one on another, which no jocoſe or juvenile drolings can relieve?
    • 1886, Henry S. Salt, “VII: On Certain Fallacies”, in A Plea for Vegetarianism and Other Essays, page 80:
      Jocose flesh-eaters take a malicious delight in pointing out and enumerating to Vegetarians the many animal substances now in common use, and in taunting them with inconsistency in using them.
    • 1941, Ogden Nash, "Look What You Did, Christopher!", in The Face Is Familiar, Garden City Publishing Company, page 223.
      The American people, / With grins jocose, / Always survive the fatal dose.
  2. playful; characterized by joking


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  1. vocative masculine singular of jocōsus


  • jocose”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • jocose in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette