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.
All . . . jocose or comical airs should be excluded.
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.
He must beware lest his letter should contain anything like jocoseness; since jesting is incompatible with a holy and serious life.
© Webster 1913.