Definition of jovial in English:

jovial

Line breaks: jo¦vial
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəʊvɪəl
 
, -vj(ə)l/

adjective

Cheerful and friendly: she was in a jovial mood
More example sentences
  • His jovial manner and friendly approach sets him aside from all others that ever worked in town.
  • The atmosphere was electric and both sets of fans were jovial and friendly for much of the game.
  • If they were nervous, it was pretty tough to tell, they had such a friendly, jovial way about them.
Synonyms
cheerful, jolly, happy, cheery, good-humoured, convivial, genial, good-natured, friendly, amiable, affable, sociable, outgoing, clubbable;
happy-go-lucky, carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, full of the joys of spring, fun-loving, buoyant, optimistic, positive
North American informal peart
dated gay

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from late Latin jovialis 'of Jupiter' (see Jove), with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.

Derivatives

joviality

Pronunciation: /-ˈalɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • It has more style and joviality than the English.
  • ‘Sorry to have a meeting on a Monday morning,’ he laughed in an attempt at joviality.
  • He was trying very hard to cover up his nervousness with joviality and humor.

jovially

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘I didn't realise how serious it was,’ he jovially explained.
  • The father laughs and jovially ruffles his son's hair.
  • ‘That's good,’ he said jovially in an attempt to lighten the mood.

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