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. 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

Synonym Discussion of JOVIAL

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.
JOVIAL Defined for Kids


adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl\

Definition of JOVIAL for Kids

:  1jolly
jo·vial·ly adverb


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