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JOCO, adj. Also jocoe, jaco (Ayr. 1919 T.S.D.C. III.); jiko (Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbie Bowden (1922) 145); ¶jecove (Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (11 Dec.) 13). [dʒə′ko:] Jovial, merry, cheerful, pleased with oneself. Gen.(exc. I.)Sc.; “often said of persons exhilarated by drink” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., 1942 Zai). Also phr. to be quite joco, to be easy and indifferent (Arg.1 1930). Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 167:
Getting a hue of toddy when we gaed hame to the hottle, we were quite joco owre the auld-time cracks.
wm.Sc. 1904  H. Foulis Erchie xix.:
He . . . was sittin' there as joco as ye like in his stockin' soles.
Lth. 1914  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 120:
He appeared, quite joco, about tea-time.
Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
“They're unco joco” (said of a married man paying attention to a spinster).
Bnff. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 35:
“You twa are unco joco; fat's on the go? . . . Annie has promised to be my wife.”

[Reduced form of Eng. jocose.]

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