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
- ‘But behind the jocose mood was a serious determination that farmers were sticking to their protest.’
- ‘Hayden's grappling with these issues led to sometimes jocose observations, as recounted here.’
- ‘If Janeites tend towards punctiliousness, Dickensians have a penchant for the jocose.’
- ‘He would have tried to persuade him in a very jocose way.’
- ‘Asked if he could afford a lawyer, he became jocose.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘July is one of the most popular jocund, jocose, and jocular months of the year.’
Late 17th century: from Latin jocosus, from jocus (see joke).
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