[ joh-vee-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ vi əl /
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
SYNONYMS FOR jovial
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
Related formsjo·vi·al·ly, adverbjo·vi·al·ness, nounun·jo·vi·al, adjectiveun·jo·vi·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for jovialness
/ (ˈdʒəʊvɪəl) /
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
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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