Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Jocularity; merriment; waggery; jocoseness.
- n. A jocose act or saying; a joke.
- n. uncountable The state of being jocose.
- n. countable A jocose utterance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A jocose act or saying; jocoseness.
- n. fun characterized by humor
- n. the trait of merry joking
“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.”
“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'.”
“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.”
“Sununu himself was passing the whole thing off with heavy jocosity.”
“His features were not naturally intended to wear a smiling aspect, but he was in general rather given to professional jocosity.”
“In this letter there is a tone of jocosity with reference to the victim, which filled me with horror.”
“I mean not the sad jocosity of P.O.M.216 passages or the mere callender of slaughter.”
“Shun double-entendres, prurient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, obscurant or apparent.”
“‘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.’”
“And the Saturday would have had a column of sneering jocosity on the irrepressibly sanguine temperament of authors.”
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