- 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.
Origin of jovial
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Examples from the Web for jovially
He was already entering into particulars when Beauchene jovially interrupted him.Fruitfulness
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
- having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
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.