- warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
- favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
- characterized by genius.
Origin of genial1
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Examples from the Web for genially
I'd guess they told him to come across as genially disappointed, more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger, and he kind of went off the rails.VP Debate: No Winners, But No Big Losers Either
October 12, 2012
As the genially malevolent talking head considers a bid for the presidency, a lot of people are asking themselves that question.A Populist Frankenstein
November 26, 2009
How calmly and genially the mind apprehends one after another the laws of physics!Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It's the way we're taught at school," he hazarded, genially.The Market-Place
Judy,” says I, most genially, “is you ever tasted roast veal?The Cruise of the Shining Light
"Look about to your heart's content, my dear," she said genially.The Carroll Girls
"We'll tek a turn at Haydn now, lads," said the host, genially.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
- cheerful, easy-going, and warm in manner or behaviour
- pleasantly warm, so as to give life, growth, or healththe genial sunshine
- anatomy of or relating to the chin
Word Origin and History for genially
1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.
- Of or relating to the chin.