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  1. endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the god Jove, or Jupiter.
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Origin of jovial

1580–90; < Medieval Latin joviālis of Jupiter (the planet, supposed to exert a happy influence), equivalent to Latin jovi- (see Jovian) + -ālis -al1
Related formsjo·vi·al·ly, adverbjo·vi·al·ness, nounun·jo·vi·al, adjectiveun·jo·vi·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedjocose jocular jocund jovial (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for jovial

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1. merry, jolly, convivial, gay, joyful, mirthful. Jovial, jocose, jocular, jocund agree in referring to someone who is in a good humor. Jovial suggests a hearty, joyous humor: a jovial person. Jocose refers to that which causes laughter; it suggests someone who is playful and given to jesting: with jocose and comical airs. Jocular means humorous, facetious, mirthful, and waggish: jocular enough to keep up the spirits of all around him. Jocund, now a literary word, suggests a cheerful, light-hearted, and sprightly gaiety: glad and jocund company.

Antonyms for jovial

1. gloomy.
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Examples from the Web for jovially

Historical Examples of jovially

  • He was already entering into particulars when Beauchene jovially interrupted him.


    Emile Zola

  • Live, certainly—live pleasantly, jovially, if a man were a bachelor.

    A Rent In A Cloud

    Charles James Lever

  • Ribiera chaffed him jovially on the way to the flying field.

  • "For that—there are not wanting brooms in the house," said Cristobal jovially.

    Dona Perfecta

    B. Perez Galdos

  • “I reckon you can get to Ridgeton on this here,” he said jovially.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for jovially


  1. having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
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Derived Formsjoviality or jovialness, nounjovially, adverb

Word Origin for jovial

C16: from Latin joviālis of (the planet) Jupiter, considered by astrologers to foster good humour
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Word Origin and History for jovially



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.

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