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|part of speech:
||very cheerful, friendly, and merry; jolly.
His jovial way won him many friends.
- jolly, merry
- similar words:
- buoyant, cheerful, festive, friendly, gay, happy, lighthearted, lively
||carefree, jaunty, robust
||jovially (adv.), joviality (n.)
comes from the name of the king of the Roman gods, Jupiter. Jupiter was also called "Jove." He was believed to be the source of joy and happiness.