Someone jovial is in a good mood and is having a great time with other people.
(Jove, or Jupiter/Zeus is a mythological god known for eating and having fun, among other things.)
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Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a jovial host.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The host was jovial.”)
How to use it:
Talk about a jovial person, a jovial attitude, a jovial smile, a jovial shout, a jovial thumbs-up, a jovial gathering or event, and so on.
The Onion ran a funny satirical article about an upbeat, friendly food service employee, titled "Jovial Man Must Not Be Aware He Works At Airport Burrito Restaurant."
There's always a jovial atmosphere on the first day of a college class, which seems to fade a bit when students get their first graded assignments back.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "jovial" means when you can explain it without saying “cheerful" or "convivial."
Think of something that always makes you laugh, smile, or have a great time, and fill in the blank: "_____ never fails to put me in a jovial mood."
Example: "Browsing in an office supply store never fails to put me in a jovial mood. All those clean, blank, orderly supplies waiting to be turned into ideas."
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We’re starting off with easy questions, then working our way toward some whoppers at the end of the month, all the while focusing on funny, unusual words; surprising word histories; and cool tidbits about the language.
This word, “_ _ _ _sphere,” literally means “ball of vapor.” What is it?
Try this one today:
Match these highly practical and specific words to their meanings below: canals, beadlets, attelets, baize, wreath.
1. _____: the green material that covers a billiards table
2. _____: a single turn or coil of a coiled thing
3. _____: the small time-release balls in capsules
4. _____: the holes in a sponge
5. _____: the small thin top-ornamented skewers used decoratively for serving sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres
A Point Well Made:
“In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold;
Alike fantastic, if too new, or old:
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.”
1. One opposite of JOVIAL is
2. The framed photo of _____ exudes joviality.
A. the young couple on their way to the prom, stiff and uncomfortable in their formalwear,
B. a New England forest, with leaves every shade of orange and red,
C. all six sisters laughing in a pile
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