Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[kuh n-jeen-yuh l] /kənˈdʒin yəl/
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:
congenial surroundings.
suited or adapted in spirit, feeling, temper, etc.; compatible:
a congenial couple.
Origin of congenial
1615-25; < Latin con- con- + geni(us) genius + -al1
Related forms
[kuh n-jee-nee-al-i-tee] /kənˌdʒi niˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
precongenial, adjective
quasi-congenial, adjective
quasi-congenially, adverb
uncongenial, adjective
uncongenially, adverb
uncongeniality, noun
1. favorable, pleasant, complaisant, sympathetic.
1, 2. disagreeable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for congenially
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Producing and non-producing classes can never be congenially associated.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Certainly not the hard words they used so readily and congenially.

  • Everything else in his surroundings smiled most congenially.

    Life of Charles Dickens

    Frank Marzials
  • He reached his destination without remark, and found it congenially dreary.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • We are to “work in to one another,” smoothly, congenially, in a frictionless peace.

  • Happily unconscious of any dark conspiracies against her welfare, Marjories last night at the Hall was congenially spent.

  • These two were congenially alike in their careless indifference to the minor details of life.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • In contrast with the conductors dourness the train butchers mood was congenially inclined to persiflage.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • There is plenty of room for his hat, there is a congenially aggressive spirit against Rome and it slightly irritates Ma.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
British Dictionary definitions for congenially


/kənˈdʒiːnjəl; -nɪəl/
friendly, pleasant, or agreeable: a congenial atmosphere to work in
having a similar disposition, tastes, etc; compatible; sympathetic
Derived Forms
congeniality (kənˌdʒiːnɪˈælɪtɪ), congenialness, noun
congenially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from con- (same) + genial1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for congenially



1620s, "kindred, sympathetic," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + genialis "of birth," thus, "kindred" (see genus). Sense of "agreeable" is first recorded 1711. Related: Congeniality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for congenial

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for congenially

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for congenially