jovial jovial  /ˈdʒoʊ vi əl/


  • (adj) full of or showing high-spirited merriment



  1. In Peiping jovial Feng flatly denied that Japanese with bombing planes have recaptured Dolonnor.
  2. Everybody noted, regretted, the absence of jovial, concise, dapper Henry de Jouvenel, recently resigned.


  1. Diaz: Jason Leffler death will mark tragic Father's Day

    My day began with a jovial spin with Tony Stewart around Daytona International Speedway.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Orlando Sentinel

  2. Before Midnight

    Greek scenery, a jovial meal, then a relationship in crisis by Al Hoff Traditionally, the "happy" resolution for romantic stories is marriage. But as Richard Linklater's Before Midnight posits, marriage is the hard part and the earlier falling-in-love story is a lot more fun.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Pittsburgh City Paper


  1. "That's a private conversation," Rivers said. "It wasn't a jovial one, I can tell you that. But it was an honest one."
    on Oct 27, 2009 By: Doc Rivers Source: ESPN

  2. Pevney directed with precision and was highly organized "but he was very relaxed - in fact, jovial - in the way he directed," said George Takei, who played Sulu. "I enjoyed working with him."
    on May 29, 2007 By: George Takei Source: News1130

  3. WASHINGTON -- The first direct, high-level contact in years among US, Iranian and Syrian representatives included "frank and sometimes jovial exchanges," Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Iraq, said Saturday.
    on Mar 10, 2007 By: Zalmay Khalilzad Source: Washington Post

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