Definition of jocose in US English:

jocose

adjective

formal
  • Playful or humorous.

    ‘a jocose allusion’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If Janeites tend towards punctiliousness, Dickensians have a penchant for the jocose.’
    • ‘Jorgen Kiil plays the jocose patriarch, an ageing, overweight male nurse.’
    • ‘Asked if he could afford a lawyer, he became jocose.’
    • ‘He would have tried to persuade him in a very jocose way.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, blessed
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Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin jocosus, from jocus (see joke).

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