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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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JOCO, adj. Also jocoe, jocko; jaco (Ayr. 1919 T.S.D.C. III.); ¶jacoo; jiko (Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbie Bowden (1922) 145); jecko; ¶jecove (Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (11 Dec.) 13). [dȝə′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).m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 248:
We gaed sidey-for-sidey through the park quite jacoo.
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.”
m.Sc. 1958 F. Urquhart Dying Stallion (1967) 114:
With Maggie sitting fair jecko in the sidecar.
m.Sc. 1999 John Milligan Fifteen Scots Poems 12:
Onyway, there he was, quite jocko, stiff as a stookie
Fixed in a commanding place in the majestic sky
Like a visiting airy-plane in a small vista of Princes Street.

[Reduced form of Eng. jocose.]

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