adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl, -vyəl\

: full of happiness and joy

Full Definition of JOVIAL

capitalized :  of or relating to Jove
:  markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality
jo·vi·al·i·ty \ˌjō-vē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
jo·vial·ly \ˈjō-vē-ə-lē, -vyə-\ adverb

Examples of JOVIAL

  1. The audience was in a jovial mood.
  2. He's a very jovial man.
  3. In response, an infuriating wink: Alsana always likes to appear jovial at the very moment that her interlocutor becomes hot under the collar. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2001

First Known Use of JOVIAL


Related to JOVIAL

blithesome, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, merry, laughing, mirthful, sunny
See Synonym Discussion at merry


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