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Below you will find the definition of jovial, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - full of or showing high-spirited merriment
EXAMPLES - Jovial in a Sentence
- Big jovial Josie Harper ran a road house at Telegraph Avenue and (source)
- He was actually jovial, which is scary, "witness Richlyn Jones said. (source)
- And it was kind of jovial and it was not an "I won" and I'm right ... (source)
- Nugent is described as a jovial voluptuary, who left the Roman Catholic for the (source)
- Stuart said she saw Morford as a "jovial" character who was willing to help out others. (source)
- He was described as "jovial" and "down to earth," a good communicator with a sense of humor. (source)
- The partners were in despair, though they appeared boisterous and jovial of speech and action. (source)
- During the break a jovial Simpson talked outside the courtroom about golf and college football. (source)
- He's videotaping the journalists and kind of jovial about all of this, but it's a serious matter. (source)
- He was a muscular man, full of jovial self-confidence, but given to occasionally erratic behavior. (source)
- But some of the cast had some fun over there, and there was a light, jovial mode throughout the hour. (source)
- As Beth and Nancy got sillier and more jovial, I moved with the band's beat and actually had a good time. (source)
- "Frightens you?" he queried, with a kind of jovial tenderness, as she got to her feet; "frightens you, eh? (source)
- First, there's the kind of jovial aspect about -- about bin Laden, and the metaphor is really quite striking. (source)
- Cronkite friend Nick Clooney, father of actor George Clooney, recalled jovial get-togethers, cleaning out a few bars. (source)
- Former Nick's Pick Michel Houellebecq is profiled here by "jovial" per the LA Weekly's Brendan Bernhard novelist Sam Lipsyte*. (source)
- When I go to a doctor or other medical professional, I'm not interested in "jovial and informal" because it is NOT A SOCIAL CALL. (source)
- "I, too, did bid for Mesahchie," grumbled a voice, in tones not altogether joyless, and Peelo shoved his broad-cheeked, jovial face for (source)
- The grooving beat and sexual innuendo of "Body Shot" tells me this is exactly the kind of jovial irreverence Electric Six is gunning for. (source)
- Azimkar, from London, who joined the Royal Engineers in 2005, was described as a jovial fun-loving soldier and a very talented footballer. (source)
- The 49-year-old kitchen salesman from Southgate in north London has been described by his family as a "jovial" man who had a "heart of gold". (source)
- The father of four was described as a '' jovial '' officer who patrolled the city's east division, and was active in the local Polish community. (source)
- The albums 'title track, which features Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend), is a light-hearted afro-pop tune that brings the word "jovial" to mind. (source)
- This is of course part of her enduring appeal, a kind of jovial bewitchery, and a voice that is soft and fragrant and as perfectly English as gin. (source)
- A hippy who is under the awesomely misguided impression that s/he (although it's usually a he) is providing some kind of jovial, convivial atmosphere. (source)
- They were toughs, but they were kind of jovial in a funny way, and I was just a curiosity -- "Who's this old gink who's an American who's living among us?" (source)
- To him it was the most natural thing in the world thus to be familiarly seized and shaken about by a total stranger, while a jovial voice muttered: That's right, dog. (source)
- Where you might formerly have heard jovial, and it may be profane and obscene songs; you may now hear psalms and hymns of praise sung to God, and to our Lord Jesus Christ. (source)
- What I heard absolutely sickened me and I felt myself turning quite pale as I listened to the blatant racism of several callers and Mr. Portman's casual and almost jovial response. (source)
- The play has a certain British sensibility to it, with likable and jovial characters at the helm who make light of a strange situation by cracking wise, to the chagrin of their new spouses. (source)
- The effect in front was the face of a nondescript monster, that only a gleeful laughing eye, and now and then a flash of narrow white teeth, identified as the jovial Amoyah, the Pigeon of Ioco. (source)
- Late hours, heavy dinners, the indulgence of what are called jovial hours, and crowded parties, would soon have sent us whither they have sent so many of our literary contemporaries, long, long ago. (source)
- a kind of jovial tenderness, to make life agreeable to Valentin to the last, and help him as little as possible to miss the Boulevard des Italiens; but what chiefly occupied his mind was the mystery of (source)
- It is eminently in accordance with the signification of the English epithet -- rather a favorite, apparently, with our old writers -- the epithet jovial, which is derived from the Latin name of its head. (source)
- Bobby Jindal has enough problems in his state to keep him busy for awhile and Mike Huckabee seems to be known as a jovial and cheerful talk show host more than a serious presidential candidate at the moment. (source)
- Hard to resist the siren call of a Cold Stone Ice Cream retail outlet, especially after an intense several hours of frantic factory outlet shopping, and when the person dishing the goods is so welcoming and jovial. (source)
- He described a range of moods and conditions among prisoners, including those who were almost "jovial" while they shared their stories, and those who were "bashed up" and in distress, with cuts and bruises on their swollen faces. (source)
- I can only say for myself, that if age and sorrow and uncertainty be enough to break a jovial spirit, or at least to bend it now and then, I have my share of them all; so that I, for one, cannot say that I am sad merely because I am not merry. (source)
- Despite all this, however, Berthaud possessed no small amount of good sense, and being of a gay disposition, displayed a kind of jovial charity towards the poor sufferers whose transport he had to provide for during the three days that the national pilgrimage remained at Lourdes. (source)
- Crailey was called "peculiar" and he explained, with a kind of jovial helplessness, that he was always prepared for the unexpected in himself, nor did such a view detract from his picturesqueness to his own perusal of himself; though it was not only to himself that he was interesting. (source)
- He was naturally of an excitable -- what we may call a jovial -- jumping -- disposition, and, although he had now been some months at sea, he had not yet succeeded in crushing down that burst of delight with which he viewed the cod-end of the great deep-sea net as it was hoisted over the side by the power of block and tackle. (source)
- But who shall do justice to the dinner, and describe the turkey, and chickens, and chicken pies, with all that endless variety of vegetables which the American soil and climate have contributed to the table, and which, without regard to the French doctrine of courses, were all piled together in jovial abundance upon the smoking board? (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "jovial" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 47 synonyms for jovial.
affable, airy, amiable, animated, bantering, blithe, blithesome, bouncy, buoyant, chaffing, cheery, chipper, chirpy, companionable, conversable, convivial, cordial, daffy, delightful, dizzy, enjoyable, facetious, festal, festive, gay, glad, gleeful, good-natured, hilarious, humorous, jocose, jocund, jokey, jolly, jollying, joshing, jubilant, larking, lighthearted, loony, lots of laughs, merry, mirthful, nutty, off-the-wall, pleasant, sociable
We have 12 antonyms for jovial.
depressed, disagreeable, gloomy, hateful, heavy-hearted, mean, sad, surly, unfriendly, unhappy, unpleasant, unsociable
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of jovial from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer: a jovial host.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Pertaining to Jove or Zeus; Jovian.
- (adjective) Pertaining to the planet Jupiter; Jovian.
- (adjective) Under the influence of the planet Jupiter (considered a source of happiness).
- (adjective) Merry; cheerful and good-humored.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter.
- (adjective) Sunny; serene.
- (adjective) Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious; characterized by mirth or jollity
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Pertaining to or characteristic of the god Jove or Jupiter; Jove-like; powerful; majestic: as, Jovial attributes.
- (None) Of or pertaining to the planet Jupiter: as, the Jovial satellites.
- (None) In astrology, under the influence of the planet Jupiter; derived from Jupiter as a natal planet, which, like Jove himself, was regarded as the source of joy and happiness: as, the Jovial temperament.
- (None) Hence [lowercase] Characterized by cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous; merry; jolly: opposed to grave: as, a jovial fellow.
- (None) [lowercase] In alchemy, of or pertaining to tin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) full of or showing high-spirited merriment