A Word A Day : Jovial

Wednesday, 7th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : jo-vee-al


1. Full of good humor

2. Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer

3. Full of or showing high-spirited merriment

JOVIAL is a high-order computer programming language similar to ALGOL, but specialized for the development of embedded systems.

JOVIAL stands for Jules Own Version of the International Algorithmic Language.


French, probably from Italian giovale, from Old Italian, of Jupiter (regarded as the source of happiness), from Late Latin Ioviâlis, from Latin Iuppiter, Iov-, Jupiter


cheerful, jolly, fun-loving, breezy, cheery, good-humored, full of beans, bright and breezy, happy, merry, jocund, blithe, buoyant


gloomy, miserable, sad, unhappy

Contextual Examples:

• The jovial party greeted the carolers with eggnog and, of course, figgy pudding.

• 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.

• The Frenchman considered the position, then broke suddenly into jovial expletives, and with an impatient gesture, gathering up the pieces, flung them into their box.

• One pupil of the sixteen-year-old Custer remembered him as socially inclined, jovial, and full of life.

• The Puritans took a dim view of the jovial, amiable cleric who liked to have a pot of ale at one of Purleigh's pubs.

• He smiled, joked and at times seemed downright jovial.

Related Words:

joviality : Noun

jovialness : Noun

jovially : Adverb

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