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|part of speech:
||heartily cheerful, friendly, and merry; convivial.
We usually think of Santa Claus as a jovial character.You were in a jovial mood at the party last night!
- gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, merry, mirthful
- cheerless, gloomy, morose
- similar words:
- buoyant, cheerful, convivial, effervescent, festive, friendly, frolicsome, gay, happy, lighthearted, lively, sociable, vivacious
||carefree, glad, good-humored, jaunty, mellow, 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.