A diminutive of the female given name Jocelyn.
A diminutive of the male given name Joseph.
Other Word Forms of Joss
Origin of Joss
From Chinese Pidgin English, from Javanese dejos, from Portuguese deus (“god”), from Latin deus (“god”), from Proto-Indo-European *deywós (“god/that which belongs to heaven”).
Pidgin English from Javanese deyos from Portuguese deos god from Latin deus dyeu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Verb usage evolved from the name of Joss Whedon, creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly.
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