Origin of jovial
Examples from the Web for jovial
Even though we were running late, Scott was jovial and candid in his conversation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With that, he took a huff off a morning joint and moved into the throng of jovial patrons.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, it shouldn't be surprising, as Fallon and Timberlake may be the two most jovial, joyous people in show business.Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s Perfect, Cameo-Filled 'Saturday Night Live'|Kevin Fallon|December 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dermot Mulroney and Steve Buscemi were like jovial drinking buddies as they talked in one of the hallways.
Plus, Eleanor Clift on Cain's jovial sexual-harassment denial.
Arthur Bertrand was one of the most jovial fellows of his time.An Englishman in Paris|Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Henry Mayfield was not the jovial, merry fellow that Charley was, and not likely to be so generally a favorite.Edna's Sacrifice and Other Stories|Frances Henshaw Baden
And this feeling was strengthened by Mr. Casey's jovial and inspiring speech.Comrade Yetta|Albert Edwards
At supper he was silent and ill-at-ease, but the missionary was jovial and animated.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
At one time he asked in a jovial way: 'Garrett, have you got a fire out there?'A Texas Cow Boy|Chas. A. Siringo
British Dictionary definitions for jovial
Word Origin for jovial
Word Origin and History for jovial
1580s, "under the influence of the planet Jupiter," from Middle French jovial (16c.), from Italian joviale, literally "pertaining to Jupiter," and directly from Latin Iovialis "of Jupiter," from Iovius (used as genitive of Iuppiter) "Jupiter," Roman god of the sky (see Jove). The meaning "good-humored, merry," is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions. Related: Jovially.