Definition of jovial in English:



  • Cheerful and friendly:

    ‘she was in a jovial mood’
    • ‘She sighed and turned her head to look behind her and gave him a jovial smile.’
    • ‘Larry will be remembered for his lively, jovial manner for whom work was his pleasure.’
    • ‘The three men laughed and continued the jovial remarks until their lunches arrived.’
    • ‘But he was mostly in a jovial mood as he conducted a round of interviews.’
    • ‘His method of interacting with patients was to be jovial and carefree in an effort to relax them.’
    • ‘Marie looked up at the girl and saw in place of the normally jovial smile an expression of sincerity.’
    • ‘While during the day it is very relaxing, at night it is jovial and good humoured.’
    • ‘The door banged open then and William flounced into the room with a jovial grin.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was electric and both sets of fans were jovial and friendly for much of the game.’
    • ‘He was joined by friends for the special occasion and was in jovial form as usual.’
    • ‘The mood was pretty jovial after the show and the band hung out and mingled.’
    • ‘Despite my trying to remain jovial and positive Gerald was miserable and moody.’
    • ‘The conversation became jovial through the stories they shared about being in a state of intoxication.’
    • ‘It took the form of a very jovial round faced friend of mine called Bill who lived two streets away.’
    • ‘For his part, Frey was in a jovial mood, joking with the crowd throughout the night.’
    • ‘If they were nervous, it was pretty tough to tell, they had such a friendly, jovial way about them.’
    • ‘His jovial manner and friendly approach sets him aside from all others that ever worked in town.’
    • ‘The Professor has been drinking and is in a very jovial mood, but he kids you not.’
    • ‘Of course it will be delivered with a jovial smile and a pat on the back.’
    • ‘The laugh was deep and jovial, yet any listener could pick out the sinister tone.’
    cheerful, jolly, happy, cheery, good-humoured, convivial, genial, good-natured, friendly, amiable, affable, sociable, outgoing, clubbable
    smiling, grinning, laughing, mirthful, merry, sunny, bright, joyful, high-spirited, exuberant, ebullient, lively, vivacious, full of life, sprightly, jaunty, breezy
    happy-go-lucky, carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, full of the joys of spring, fun-loving, buoyant, optimistic, positive
    chipper, chirpy, perky, smiley, upbeat, peppy, sparky, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beans, full of vim and vigour
    gladsome, jocund, joyous, jocose, blithe, blithesome
    of good cheer, perk, as lively as a grig, as merry as a grig
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Late 16th century: from French, from late Latin jovialis of Jupiter (see Jove), with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.