Definitions

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  • adj. Simultaneously jocular and serious; mixing mirth with serious matters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mingling mirth and seriousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Half jesting, half serious.

Etymologies

Blend of jocose and serious. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In spite of the sobering tenor of "uprightness" in humanist pedagogical writings, the techniques practiced in schools such as Ca 'Zoiosa, especially with younger students, are more accurately characterized as jocoserious.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • His attention was directed to them by his host jocosely, and he accepted them seriously as they drank in jocoserious silence

    Ulysses

  • His attention was directed to them by his host jocosely, and he accepted them seriously as they drank in jocoserious silence Epps's massproduct, the creature cocoa.

    Ulysses

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  • Having Facebook commitment issues, John? Join the massive, grumbling crowd. :-)

    May 21, 2010

  • Yeah, Facebook is pushing it a little these days, but that said, I rather like the 'Like' functionality. It's less of a commitment than 'sharing' (which you can still do--if you click the 'Like' button you then get the option to share it as well, which lets you add a comment.

    When you 'Like' something, only people you're friends with on Facebook see your name. More details on Facebook's blog.

    May 21, 2010

  • "John McGrath and 3 others like this."
    More exactly: A lot of people like this, only some don't really love having links to their facebook profile all around the web.

    May 20, 2010

  • Half in jest; half serious. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008

  • February 6, 2007