Jo*cose" (?), a. [L jocosus, fr. jocus joke. See Joke.]

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. Shaftesbury.

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.

Spondanus imagines that Ulysses may possibly speak jocosely, but in truth Ulysses never behaves with levity. Broome.

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

 

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