endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the god Jove, or Jupiter.
- jo·vi·al·ly, adverb
- jo·vi·al·ness, noun
- un·jo·vi·al, adjective
- un·jo·vi·al·ly, adverb
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How to use jovial in a sentence
He is of course joking, but this is not obvious, because even when Mitch is in a jovial mood he looks like a man passing a kidney stone the size of the Hope Diamond.
The men chattered jovially but quickly turned sour when asked about the civilian implications of their rudimentary weaponry.Inside the Free Syrian Army’s ‘Candy Factories,’ the Secret Rebel Arms Workshops | Anna Therese Day | October 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I'll tell you what I think," said Buck, getting up jovially.The Napoleon of Notting Hill | Gilbert K. Chesterton
As a writer jovially remarked, "It is a gilt-edged real estate investment."The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
Whereupon he would exert himself with renewed diligence in her garden, which he jovially called "hoeing Aunt Rosalie's will."The Surprises of Life | Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for jovial
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
- joviality or jovialness, noun
- jovially, adverb
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