from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being jocose.
  • n. A jocose utterance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A jocose act or saying; jocoseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Jocularity; merriment; waggery; jocoseness.
  • n. A jocose act or saying; a joke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fun characterized by humor
  • n. the trait of merry joking


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  • He was an odd mixture of awkwardness and complacency, a desire to be courteous struggling with a desire to show his independence; he had no ease of manner, no bonhomie, but a gruff and ugly kind of jocosity, which I am sure was not really natural to him, but was his protest against the possibility of my considering him to be shy.

    The Silent Isle

  • Lewis Carroll's best parodies are pure poetry, but he was also capable of routine Victorian jocosity of producing a parody of Swinburne entitled (with a nod towards Atalanta in Calydon) 'Atalanta in Camden Town'.

    'The Oxford Book of Parodies'

  • It had, of course, no truth in it whatsoever, and I more than once confessed publicly that it was only a jocosity … Scarcely a month goes by that I do not find the substance of it reprinted, not as foolishness but as fact, and not only in newspapers but in official documents and other works of the highest pretensions.

    August « 2008 « Isegoria

  • Sununu himself was passing the whole thing off with heavy jocosity.

    The 'Air Sununu' Flap

  • His features were not naturally intended to wear a smiling aspect, but he was in general rather given to professional jocosity.

    Oliver Twist

  • In this letter there is a tone of jocosity with reference to the victim, which filled me with horror.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • I mean not the sad jocosity of P.O.M.216 passages or the mere callender of slaughter.

    A Life in Letters

  • Shun double-entendres, prurient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, obscurant or apparent.

    December 7th, 2005

  • ‘There is an elaborate jocosity about him, a determined eternity of most industrious fun, which gives us the idea of a boy who is being rewarded for having duly learnt by rote his daily lesson out of Joe Miller.’

    The Three Clerks

  • And the Saturday would have had a column of sneering jocosity on the irrepressibly sanguine temperament of authors.

    New Grub Street


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