One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Playful or humorous.‘a jocose allusion’
contented, content, cheerful, cheery, merry, joyful, jovial, jolly, joking, jocular, gleeful, carefree, untroubled, delighted, smiling, beaming, grinning, glowing, satisfied, gratified, buoyant, radiant, sunny, blithe, joyous, beatific, blessedView synonyms
- ‘He would have tried to persuade him in a very jocose way.’
- ‘If Janeites tend towards punctiliousness, Dickensians have a penchant for the jocose.’
- ‘Asked if he could afford a lawyer, he became jocose.’
- ‘July is one of the most popular jocund, jocose, and jocular months of the year.’
- ‘But behind the jocose mood was a serious determination that farmers were sticking to their protest.’
- ‘Jorgen Kiil plays the jocose patriarch, an ageing, overweight male nurse.’
- ‘The continental peoples are grave, compared with our jocose fellow citizens, and especially in their hours of business.’
- ‘Hayden's grappling with these issues led to sometimes jocose observations, as recounted here.’
Late 17th century: from Latin jocosus, from jocus (see joke).
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