jovial


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

jo·vi·al

 (jō′vē-əl)
adj.
Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer: a jovial host.

[French, from Middle French, under the favorable astrological influence of the planet Jupiter, jovial, from Old Italian, from Late Latin Ioviālis, of Jupiter, from Latin Iuppiter, Iov-, Jupiter; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]

jo′vi·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
jo′vi·al·ly adv.

jovial

(ˈdʒəʊvɪəl)
adj
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
[C16: from Latin joviālis of (the planet) Jupiter, considered by astrologers to foster good humour]
ˌjoviˈality, ˈjovialness n
ˈjovially adv

jo•vi•al

(ˈdʒoʊ vi əl)

adj.
1. endowed with or characterized by hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship.
2. (cap.) Jovian (def. 1).
[1580–90; < Medieval Latin joviālis of Jupiter]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.jovial - full of or showing high-spirited merrimentjovial - full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh"
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"

jovial

jovial

adjective
Characterized by joyful exuberance:
Translations
مَرِح، باشٌّ
bodrý
gemytligjovial
joviálisvidám
léttur í lund
smagiai
dzīvespriecīgsjautrs
güler yüzlüneşeli

jovial

[ˈdʒəʊvɪəl] ADJjovial

jovial

[ˈdʒəʊviəl] adj [person] → jovial(e)

jovial

adjfröhlich, jovial (esp pej); welcomefreundlich, herzlich; in (a) jovial moodgut gelaunt

jovial

[ˈdʒəʊvɪəl] adjgioviale

jovial

(ˈdʒouviəl) adjective
full of good humour. He seems to be in a very jovial mood this morning.
ˌjoviˈality (-ˈa-) noun
ˈjovially adverb

jovial

n. jovial, alegre.
References in classic literature ?
Half a dozen jovial lads were talking about skates in another part of the room, and she longed to go and join them, for skating was one of the joys of her life.
They were both of them jovial about the cold in winter and the heat in summer, always ready to work overtime and to meet emergencies.
Merriman, a pretty, vivacious little woman in the thirties; her husband, a jovial fellow, something of a shallow-pate, who laughed a good deal at other people's witticisms, and had thereby made himself extremely popular.
His fathers were mighty hunters,--men who lived in the woods, and slept under the free, open heavens, with the stars to hold their candles; and their descendant to this day always acts as if the house were his camp,--wears his hat at all hours, tumbles himself about, and puts his heels on the tops of chairs or mantelpieces, just as his father rolled on the green sward, and put his upon trees and logs,--keeps all the windows and doors open, winter and summer, that he may get air enough for his great lungs,--calls everybody "stranger," with nonchalant bonhommie, and is altogether the frankest, easiest, most jovial creature living.
Happy at Moor House I was, and hard I worked; and so did Hannah: she was charmed to see how jovial I could be amidst the bustle of a house turned topsy-turvy--how I could brush, and dust, and clean, and cook.
He rubbed his hands; adjusted his capacious waistcoat; laughed all over himself, from his shows to his organ of benevolence; and called out in a comfortable, oily, rich, fat, jovial voice:
In a word, I never saw anybody so thoroughly jovial as Mr.
By this advanced hour of the day, the Squire was always in higher spirits than we have seen him in at the breakfast-table, and felt it quite pleasant to fulfil the hereditary duty of being noisily jovial and patronizing: the large silver snuff-box was in active service and was offered without fail to all neighbours from time to time, however often they might have declined the favour.
His free and jovial temper, and the readiness with which he granted absolution from all ordinary delinquencies, rendered him a favourite among the nobility and principal gentry, to several of whom he was allied by birth, being of a distinguished Norman family.
He does promise one," replied Samson; "but he says he has not found it, nor does he know who has got it; and we cannot say whether it will appear or not; and so, on that head, as some say that no second part has ever been good, and others that enough has been already written about Don Quixote, it is thought there will be no second part; though some, who are jovial rather than saturnine, say, 'Let us have more Quixotades, let Don Quixote charge and Sancho chatter, and no matter what it may turn out, we shall be satisfied with that.
As he sat down quietly under the shade of a drooping willow he heard snatches of a jovial song floating to him from the farther side; then came a sound of two men's voices arguing.
At times they had a word or two in private, and Macfarlane was from first to last particularly kind and jovial.